IACP Announces Recipients of 2016 Shanahan Award

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is pleased to award the 2016 Shanahan Award to the Arlington, Texas, Police Department and The Man’s Shop for their partnership to better serve members of the community for the Mentoring Arlington Youths (MAY) Program.

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The Mentoring Arlington Youth Program or MAY Program was created to serve young African-American and Hispanic male students in the seventh and eighth grades.

This 18-month program offers interactive workshops on leadership, team building, education and career development. To emphasize the importance of giving, this program also includes community service-learning modules.

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The MAY program, launched in July 2015,  started in Arlington, Texas as a pilot for 10 young males.
Workshops started in October 2015.
Student referrals come from our partners at the Arlington Independent School District.
The initial area of focus is east Arlington and Workman Junior High School.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
Through the successful completion of the MAY Program, young African American and Hispanic male students will have a higher potential for success in upward mobility.

How We Started

“It takes a village to raise a child” and the MAY program was born out of this ancient African proverb.

In Arlington, a group of police officers stepped forward to help guide and support the village under the leadership of Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson and MAY Program Director Lieutenant Tarrick McGuire.

The City of Arlington Municipal Court and Arlington Independent School District signed on as strategic partners in this effort with funding support from the Arlington Police Foundation.

Through collaborations with business leaders, adult male mentors and the faith-based community within the village, the MAY Program seeks to cultivate an environment that monitors, mentors and motivates.

Our Mission

The Mentoring Arlington Youth (MAY) program seeks to foster one-on-one relationships between higher potential youth and positive adult role models to enhance confidence by supporting academic achievement, increasing social and cultural awareness and promoting personal development.

Our Goals and Objectives

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  • Mentor. Motivate. Monitor.
  • Increase police legitimacy among youth through positive interaction and problem based learning
  • Create and influence positive behavioral support while building sustainable relationships
  • Create social awareness beyond their neighborhoods
  • Reduce juvenile recidivism

To learn more about how to get involved, become a mentor, or make a financial donation towards this fabulous organization, please visit http://www.arlington-tx.gov/police/mentoring-arlington-youth/ or send an email to: MAYProgram@Arlingtontx.gov


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2016 Shanahan Award Honorable Mention

This year, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) committee also awarded honorable mention to:

  • The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Police Department and the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association in recognition of their partnership to increase public safety by initiating preventive information sharing and awareness through the Myrtle Beach Area International Student Outreach Program.

A formal reception will be held at the 123rd IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California, on October 16th to honor the award recipients.

The IACP Private Sector Liaison Committee began offering the award in 2007 and is generously sponsored by the Security Industry Association.

Named after Chief Michael Shanahan who is known for his work in engaging the community to improve public safety during his time as Chief at the University of Washington.

The award not only recognizes outstanding initiatives between law enforcement and private partners to improve public safety, but also highlights the value and importance of such partnerships to address common community concerns.

Applicants were required to submit joint applications with a law enforcement agency and a private sector partner.


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The committee, comprised of both law enforcement leaders and members of the private sector, judged the applications based on the significance of the partnerships program in improving public safety as well as the permanence of the program.

Award winning partnerships going back the last eight years, including the New York Police Department’s Shield program, are still in place today.

The Shanahan Award honors these partnerships which are crucial to public safety and creating strong communities.

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