The Santa Monica Police Department’s Neighborhood Resource Officer Program has received the Peace Officer Association of Los Angeles County 2009 Centurion Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Policing.

The Santa Monica Police Department was selected for the award amongst all the law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County. The April 30th event was hosted by KNX 1070 news reporter Pete Demetriou and the chairman was county District Attorney Steve Cooley.

Law enforcement executives and supporters from throughout the county were in attendance when the award was presented. Accepting the award on behalf of the police department was Sgt. Jaime Hernandez, while the neighborhood resource officers were in attendance along with Police Chief Timothy Jackman.

The Neighborhood Resource Officer Program was developed in January 2008 in order to provide the community with a direct contact to the police department. Police say it takes the “small town sheriff” approach to policing in which everyone within the community has personal contact with the police department. Neighborhood resource officers attend community events and meetings, help address quality of life concerns, work directly with other city departments to enhance the community, and provide a “face to a name” for Santa Monica residents.

Resource officers attended over 650 community meetings last year and personally met with over 6,600 people to discuss safety and service.

Information on the Neighborhood Resource Officer Program or to find out who your personal neighborhood resource officer is, and click on the “Neighborhood Resource Officer” link.