August 8, 2011
Motorola Solutions, NAWLEE Announce 2011 Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Award Recipient
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - Aug. 8, 2011— Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) has honored retired Orlando Police Department Chief Val B. Demings with the Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Award, jointly sponsored by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) and Motorola. The award recognizes an individual who has distinguished herself in law enforcement and in her community, and each year’s recipient epitomizes the values NAWLEE stands for and represents the best of women in law enforcement.
Chief Demings has made a positive impact in her community. From 2008-2010, Orlando had its lowest crime rate in history under her leadership. For example, in 2009, despite significant budget cuts, homicides and robberies were down by more than 46 percent, while violent crimes were reduced by more than 33 percent.
Chief Demings introduced the use of social media to help identify suspects, which helped to show youth, parents and other community members that they have a voice. Chief Demings also has given speeches on leadership to women’s organizations and civic groups. As a leader, she has created better educational opportunities with the Hal Marsten GED Program and Operation Positive Direction, which gives 100 “at risk” middle school students the opportunity to participate in activities that promote individual growth.
After a career in law enforcement that spanned more than 27 years, Chief Demings retired from her position on June 1, 2011 to focus her attention on running for Congress. Many of her former colleagues, including retirees, active civilians and sworn members, say Demings will be remembered as the “most successful” and the “best” chief in agency history. Chief Demings received the award at the Annual NAWLEE conference held in Milwaukee and attended by more than 100 nationwide leaders.
Orlando Police Department Chief Val B. Demings
"I am very thankful for this honor, but this is a team effort, and I share this with the many people that I have worked with over the years to protect and serve our community."
Katherine Perez, NAWLEE president, assistant chief over the Law Enforcement Unit of the Federal Reserve Police Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
"Val’s commitment to her community and her ability to drive efficiency within her jurisdiction are a testament to her ability to motivate her team and increase the value of law enforcement programs in Orlando.”
Jackie Wasni, vice president of Sales and Services, Motorola Solutions
"Leaders such as Chief Demings have dedicated their lives to further the growth of women in law enforcement. Her outstanding efforts have created better educational opportunities, and her innovation in using social media tools has given local residents a new sense of community in Orlando."
The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) is the first organization established to address the unique needs of women holding senior management positions in law enforcement.
NAWLEE is a non-profit organization sponsored and administered directly by law enforcement practitioners. Its mission is to serve and further the interests of women executives and those who aspire to be executives in law enforcement. For more information, please visit http://www.nawlee.com.
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