By KAROLYN GEPHART
Setting high goals to promote community efforts by the Police Department’s Public Information Officer reaped its rewards recently in Pearland.
The Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers announced the City of Pearland won the 2017 TAMI Award for Best Media Relations in Texas.
TAMI Awards are presented annually to select municipalities and are the highest statewide honor a City or County can achieve for its communication efforts.
“This award reflects the unique collaboration of the Police and Communications Departments and highlights the important role of both departments in working with the media to keep the public informed,” Pearland City Manager Clay Pearson said.
The award was received for work honoring fallen police Officer Endy Ekpanya, who was the first City of Pearland police officer who died in the line of duty in more than 40 years.
The winning entry for the City of Pearland highlighted the Communications and Police Department’s teamwork.
In 2016, the Police Department added the Community Outreach Division to build strong partnerships with residents, civic organizations, community leaders, school officials and local businesses to meet the ever-changing law enforcement needs of the community.
The Division launched several initiatives to further the department’s philosophy of community policing. To promote the division and raise awareness of its programs and services, both Departments worked to ensure the public was informed.
Contest entries are reviewed and scored by a panel of TAMI judges.
The TAMI Awards program, founded in 2001, serves as a professional high point for municipal communications work in Texas.
“Last year, we set an ambitious goal to promote our community efforts. The receipt of this award is a testament to the success of those efforts,” Mo Lopez, Police Department Public Information Officer said.