Arif Sheikh is the first IPS officer to have won two consecutive awards for community policing
Honoured with the prestigious International Association of Chief of Police (IACP) Award 2017 in Pennsylvania, Bastar Superintendent of Police (SP) Sheikh Arif Hussain has been felicitated in the ‘Homeland Security’ category for his campaign ‘AmchoBastar, Amcho Police’. He is the only IPS officer in India to have won an award in community policing twice in a row. Dedicating this award to martyrs, Arif Shaikh honours the brave policemen who have sacrificed their life doing their duty in Bastar and the tribals in the region who have supported and cooperated with the Bastar Police’s campaign against Naxalism.
Coming to the aid of children, the Bastar Police utilized the campaign to free children who were trapped in the clutches of the Bal Sangham of Maoists, who were used to plant IEDs against the security personnel. Also bringing back surrendered Maoists into the mainstream, they gave them alternative earning opportunities. Aimed at bridging the gap between the police and the tribal communities, the ‘AmchoBastar, Amcho Police’ initiative worked by integrating with their culture. Also focusing on neutralizing threats like the left wing extremists and encouraging ultras to surrender and then assisting them in joining the mainstream. Held in Pennsylvania convention centre, the annual IACP award ceremony and Banquet was held in a majestic ceremony.
An organization of all police chiefs in the U.S. the IACP is 126 years old. Its headquarters are located in Virginia, USA.
The chief guest IACP president, Donald W. De Lucca was present along with other guests of honour including the executive board directors of the IACP.
There were 15 awards given in different categories like prevention of terrorism, human rights awards, community policing, victim services awards, forensic sciences, and Reuters awards for excellence in criminal investigations et al.
IACP also recognizes outstanding community policing initiatives and has the IACP/Cisco Leadership award in community policing for initiatives undertaken by law enforcement agencies worldwide.
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