Inspector General of Police (Vigilance and Anti-Corruption) K Radhakrishnan has won one of the most prestigious 'International Community Policing Award 2002' instituted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
The award is instituted to popularise the concept of community policing, that is, involving the members of society to fight crime and disorder. The concept of community policing is quite popular in the USA, Europe and Canada but not so in India.
The award is in recognition of the innovative methods Radhakrishnan employed while controlling the violence that rocked Coimbatore, the Manchester of south India, after the serial blasts in the year 1998. Radhakrishnan took over as Commissioner of Police in Coimbatore a few days after the serial blasts occurred.
Of the 93 entries that the IACP received this year, Radhakrishnan was the only Asian, all the others being Canadians and Americans. He is the second Asian and second Indian to win this prestigious award.
This is Radhakrishnan's second international award. Earlier in July, he had won the prestigious Queen's Award for innovation in police training and development, which carries a cash prize of £15,000.
Founded in 1893, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the world's oldest and largest non-profit organization of police executives with over 19,000 members in over 100 countries. IACP's leadership consists of the operating chief executives of international, federal, state and local agencies of all sizes.
The association's goals are to advance the science and art of police services; to develop and disseminate improved administrative, technical and operational practices and promote their use in police work; to foster police cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police administrators throughout the world; to bring about recruitment and training in the police profession of qualified persons; and to encourage adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of performance and conduct.
The award will be presented to Radhakrishnan on October 6 at Minneapolis, USA at the annual conference of the IACP to be attended by police officials from over 100 member countries.
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