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Police Services Wins Award

Release Date: 10-31-2002

Contact: University Communications Staff
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A drive to improve relationships with students earned UVM Police Services a finalist designation in the 2002 Community Policing Awards given by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Minneapolis.

The UVM program was selected from 84 worldwide entries, and was one of eight finalists and five winners intended to reflect "best practices" in grassroots police work.

"I am very proud of the men and women who serve our community," says Gary Margolis, director of police services.

After recognizing rising tensions between officers and the population they served, Police Services began to work on a community-policing initiative in January 2001. The goals included improving communication, reducing complaints and increasing crime reports. Margolis and his staff shuffled duties to create campus liaison officers and crime prevention coordinators.

Since that time, crime reports are down significantly, as are complaints against officers. Margolis believes the changes are the results of their increased community outreach and education efforts.

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