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The CPCA Excellence in Technology Innovation Award is sponsored by Motorola and recognizes a California municipal police agency's superior achievement and innovation in the field of technology. This award program is designed to recognize exceptional, innovative, and extraordinary achievement in law enforcement technology-based programs, efforts, or initiatives that benefit law enforcement as a profession.


Innovation in Technology - The award highlights the achievement of an agency using technology to innovatively provide police services, such as; improving officer safety and efficiency, engaging the community, or impacting crime.

While agencies are constantly procuring technology as part of their police operations, this award seeks to recognize agencies whose creative use of technology (be it hardware, software, or digital platforms) has significantly changed and/or set themselves apart from the standard application of technology in police services.

Criteria and Judging:

Nominations may be submitted by any California municipal police agency through a web-based application on the CPCA websiteApplications will be judged by a panel of experts from CPCA’s Technology Committee and a representative from Motorola.

The following five criteria areas will be used to judge nomination submissions:

  1. Technical Merit
  2. Level of Innovation 
  3. Effectiveness 
  4. Ability to replicate*
  5. Overall Impact

The award will be presented at the CPCA Annual Training Symposium.

Application Deadline:

March 13, 2020

*we recognize that there are some projects/programs that cannot be replicated

Previous Recipients

Year Recipient Project
2019 Chula Vista PD Drone as a First Responder Program
2018 Redlands PD GPS Tracking Program
2017 Modesto PD Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
2016 Sacramento PD Police Observation Devices
2015 Torrance PD Gang Detail Data Analysis Platform
2014 Alhambra PD Wiebo Social Media Site


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