Northampton police awarded at international conference

2 captains traveled to San Diego for workshops

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Northampton Police Department was honored for their work in the community. The department was represented by two captains at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in San Diego.

Along with thousands of other police officers from across the globe, the Northampton captains attended classes on policing initiatives that are hot topics in today’s environment. Race and community relations, how to de-escalate a situation without using force, and police technology were all covered.

Police Captain John Cartledge told 22News that they took away valuable information, and may implement some new ideas. The department also received two awards at their conference- one for their work in community policing.

“Our citizen police academy. Our park and walk program where the officers who are actually on cruiser patrol will park their car somewhere in the community and take a walk around to engage with people. We have community outreach officers who are assigned to different parts of the city,” Cartledge said.

Their second award was for victims’ services and helping victims of domestic violence get the resources they need. The Northampton Police Department was selected for the awards from thousands of departments in the U.S. and across the world.