The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) presented its 2012 Gary P. Hayes Memorial Award to Brooklyn Park Police Chief Michael Davis.
Pictured: Members of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Board of Directors, from right to left: Sir Hugh Orde, a police official from England, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee, Prince William County (Md.) Police Chief Charlie Deane, Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel, Milwaukee Chief Ed Flynn, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan and Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of PERF with award recipient Brooklyn Park Police Chief Michael Davis.The award honors the memory of PERF’s first executive director, who helped lead a major wave of improvements in American policing. According to PERF the award is presented annually to “up-and-coming” law enforcement professionals whose character, record of leadership, and commitment to better policing embody the ideals to which Gary Hayes was committed. The award was presented at the PERF’s annual meeting held last month in Washington, D.C.
Chief Davis was chosen as the 2012 Hayes Award recipient to honor his achievements in establishing community policing and domestic violence prevention programs in Brooklyn Park.
Chief Rick Myers of Colorado Springs, nominated Chief Davis for the Hayes Award.
“In less than five years as police chief in Brooklyn Park, Chief Davis has already made a profound impact,” said Myers. “(He) led his agency to provide community leadership in helping new immigrant residents better understand the American system of laws and good citizenship, reducing conflict and tension between the police and new residents.”
According to Myers, Davis raised the community’s priority on youth by creating a community response unit that resulted in the Brooklyn Park Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. “In just 18 months, victimization dropped 20 percent,” said Myers.
Myers said Davis has brought new thinking to the Brooklyn Park department by creating a new leadership development academy for officers seeking promotion, revising Internal Affairs, leading to greater accountability and transparency and starting the Community Engagement Initiative in Brooklyn Park.
“When you ask employees of the Brooklyn Park Police Department about their chief, they describe an energetic leader who inspires them to perform even higher than they thought possible,” said Myers. “Mike Davis represents where police leadership is going. He is a thoughtful, insightful, collaborative leader who shows passion for his profession and compassion for the community he serves. Mike clearly is an up-and-comer, and we look forward to his continued achievements as a national leader in policing.”
PERF is a Washington, D.C. based organization of police executives from the largest cities, counties, and state law enforcement agencies. PERF said it is dedicated to improving policing and advancing professionalism through research and involvement in public policy debate.