Excellence in Policing Award

The Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research gives this award annually to a current police executive who is a leader in their agency and in the policing profession, as well as has been a champion for implementation of innovative strategies that bring about change and improve policing.

2023 Recipient: Chief Maris Herold, Boulder (CO) Police Department

Chief Herold is pictured here with Dr. Rachel Santos who presented the award at the Annual International Problem-Oriented Policing Conference hosted by the Boulder Police Department. 


2021 Recipient: Sheriff Michael Adkinson Jr., Walton County (FL)

Sheriff Adkinson is pictured here with Chief Deputy Donnie Clark. Drs. Roberto and Rachel Santos present the award virtually from Radford Unversity.


The following pictures are Sheriff Adkinson with the Walton County Sheriff's Office Command Staff, followed by Radford University ceremony attendees. 


2020 Recipient: Chief Scott C. Booth, Danville, (VA) Police Department

Chief Booth is pictured here with Dr. Roberto Santos and Dr. Rachel Santos.  The award was presented in November 2020 at the City of Danville's  Municipal Building in the company of the mayor, city council members, police executive staff, and the media.  

Danville police chief receives award for efforts to reduce crime

Danville Police Chief Scott Booth receives policing award from Radford University



2019 Recipient: Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Delaware State Police

Congratulations Colonel McQueen on your retirement from DSP.  We are honored to have worked with you and wish you the best of luck in your new position as the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security for the State of Delaware!  

July 2020: Col. McQueen Retires As State Police Superintendent


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