By BRAD KELLAR
The Greenville Police Department has been honored as one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the United States.
Police Chief Daniel Busken told the City Council this week that the department was recognized during the 119th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Sept. 29 — Oct. 3, in San Diego, California.
Busken said Greenville was the recipient of an IACP/Motorola Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement.
“The Greenville Police Department was recognized as a top 10 finalist,” Busken said. “I am very proud to bring this award home.”
A total of 55 law enforcement agencies were in the running for the award, and Greenville was the only finalist in Texas this year.
Jointly sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola, the Webber Seavey Award is presented annually to agencies and departments worldwide in recognition for promoting a standard of excellence that exemplifies law enforcement’s contribution and dedication to the quality of life in local communities.
Named for the association’s first president, the IACP/Motorola Webber Seavey Award annually honors achievements in one or more of the following goals:
— Continually improving services to the community;
— Strengthening police relations and promoting community participation;
— Effectively using resources;
— Enhancing communications within, and cooperation among agencies;
— Developing creative and innovative approaches that promote excellence in law enforcement.
The Greenville Police Department qualified for the award following the launch of the Inter-Organization Vehicle Burglary Task Force.
Busken also received the 2012 Innovation Award from the Texas Police Chiefs Association as a result of the investigation, which involved more than 50 individual thefts and related offenses during a 19-month period.
The investigation included the execution of four search warrants and the recovery of thousands of dollars of stolen property and almost 150 pieces of identifying information. The investigation closed with criminal indictments against 20 individuals, all of whom accepted plea arrangements and were sentenced.
Busken credited the efforts of his investigators and patrol officers, along with the prosecutions from the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office, for the success of the program.