2012 Looking Beyond the License Plate
A National Law Enforcement Recognition Program
- All entries in the Looking Beyond the License Plate
award program must be based on license plate observations
by duly sworn law enforcement officers or information from license plate
observations by citizens and provided to law enforcement officials.
Each entry must be signed and submitted by the observing officer’s
agency head or superior officer.
- All entries in the award program must be based
on license plate observations occurring between June 1
and May 31 of the following year.
- All entries for the award program must be postmarked
by May 31.
- Entries and supporting data are the property of 3M and
cannot be returned.
- A panel of judges selected by the IACP Highway Safety Committee determine the winners of the Looking Beyond
the License Plate award program. Winners will be notified by August
31. The decision of the judges is final.
- Categories of winners include Grand Prize and Honorable
Mention awards. Only duly sworn law enforcement officers are eligible
- 3M reserves the right to publicize the winners’
names and the details of each winner’s Looking Beyond the License
Plate incident as part of a national and local law enforcement
- Entry based on observation of license plate is key (initial)
element in incident; definite information about what was observed, whether
it was a result of a lookout notice for a particular plate or part of
a systematic approach used by the officer or department for a specific
law enforcement program.
- Thorough and professional police work by officer(s) to
solve crime or to make arrest stemming from license plate observation;
- Resulting benefit to community, law enforcement, public
and highway safety;
- Element(s) of danger or risk to officer(s), citizens
and crime victims; details of how officer recognized danger, took effective
steps to reduce risks to law enforcement personnel, crime victims, and
- Thoroughness of submitted entry (e.g., simply stating
"See attached report" in lieu of completing each section.)
Attachments are encouraged, but concise descriptions are required.
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