Operation Front Porch program wins international award

Round Rock Police honored by International Association of Chiefs of Police

Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks, second from left, accepts the award.

On Oct. 29, the Round Rock Police Department received the 2019 Leadership in Crime Prevention award for its Operation Front Porch program from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Chief Allen Banks accepted the award at the IACP Annual banquet last night in Chicago.

The Leadership in Crime Prevention award was introduced at the 2018 IACP banquet and RRPD is the second recipient. The award recognizes innovative, data-driven, low-cost, and high-impact crime prevention programs that build community trust and increase community engagement.

“We are honored for Round Rock to be recognized internationally for this program,” Chief Banks said. “Operation Front Porch began as an idea to prevent package theft and it has grown to become a valuable service for our citizens. The program gives residents one less thing to worry about during the holiday shopping season.”

Operation Front Porch begins its third year on Nov. 8, when RRPD will begin accepting delivery of packages at its station. The program grew from 30 packages received in 2017 to 380 in 2018.

It began as a way to provide residents with secure delivery of their holiday packages. Residents then pick up the package from our station. Each package we receive is one less opportunity for package theft, which allows our officers to focus on other calls for service. For more info, visit roundrocktexas.gov/frontporch.

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