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Looking Beyond the License Plate Program

Looking Beyond the License Plate

A National Law Enforcement Recognition Program

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP Highway Safety Committee), in cooperation with the 3M Traffic Safety Systems Division, established this program to recognize officers whose observations of a license plate resulted in the apprehension of a suspect or the solution of a crime.

Case histories submitted by law enforcement officers substantiate the importance of license plates as effective tools in crime resolution.

2014 Program Details

Entry Form | Official Rules

Brought to you by 3M Traffic Safety Systems and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP Highway Safety Committee).

IACP Annual Meeting - October 26 – 28, 2014 – Orlando, FL

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP Highway Safety Committee), in cooperation with the 3M Traffic Safety Systems Division established this program to recognize officers whose observations of a license plate resulted in the apprehension of a suspect or the solution of a crime. Case histories submitted by law enforcement officers substantiate the importance of license plates as effective tools in crime resolution.

The winning entry will receive an expense paid trip to the Annual Meeting of the IACP; Honorable Mention Award winners also will be acknowledged.

All entries in the 2014 award program must be based on license plate observations occurring between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014. All entries for the award program must be postmarked by May 31, 2014. If you need additional information, please call 651-736-5864.

Click here to read The Police Chief magazine article.

Looking Beyond the License Plate Program PDF, 1.12 Mbs
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2013 Winners

Grand Prize Winner
Trooper Eric Randazzo, Pennsylvania State Police

Trooper Eric Randazzo, Pennsylvania State Police

Trooper Eric Randazzo of the Pennsylvania State Police was traveling on a local road in Swiftwater, Pa., when he observed a motorcycle merge onto the road not far from him. He routinely ran the rear license plate, which revealed that the motorcycle's registration had been expired for more than five years. Randazzo signaled for the rider to pull over, but observed the operator throw a clear plastic bag on the road before stopping. It was not only discovered that the rider had a suspended license, but when Trooper Randazzo retrieved the plastic bag thrown from the motorcycle, it was filled with methamphetamine. The rider was arrested, and later provided the address where the drugs were purchased.

Trooper Randazzo began to conduct surveillance on the residence where the drugs came from, which resulted in two additional traffic stops, three arrests, and the name of the drug dealer. A search warrant for the home was obtained, resulting in the seizure of crack cocaine, methamphetamine, narcotics weighing and packaging materials, and a safe containing $26,000. The dealer was later arrested by U.S. Marshalls because he was on active federal probation for a previous Drug Enforcement Agency arrest in the 1990s.

The dedication, tenacity and self‐initiative shown by Trooper Randazzo helped to take a significant amount of drugs and money off the streets in Monroe County, Pa., making the community a safer place to live.

Honorable Mention Winners
Officer Adam M. Schur and Officer Cheryl L. Hurley - Chicago Police Department
Trooper Sean W. Long - Missouri State Highway Patrol
Sergeant Robert J. Blain and Officer Jason Robles - Houston Police Department (Texas)
Trooper Wayne T. Brosam, Iowa State Patrol

Read the stories of the 2013 Looking Beyond the License Plate Program winners.

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Oct26

IACP International Conference - Orlando, FL

October 26 - 28, 2014
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Urban Shield - Training seminar

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