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OV Police Chief Daniel Sharp receives international award

Photo of Chief Sharp with Oro Valley Police logo

The Town of Oro Valley is proud to announce that Oro Valley Police Department Chief Daniel G. Sharp has been selected to receive the prestigious 2014 J. Stannard Baker Award, given by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety.

October 27, 2014

The IACP’s J. Stannard Baker Award is given annually to recognize individual law enforcement officers who have made “outstanding lifetime contributions to highway safety.” It will be awarded to Chief Sharp on October 28, 2014 at the Annual IACP conference.

“The Town of Oro Valley has developed a strong reputation for public safety, and that is a result of Chief Sharp’s leadership. He believes in the concept of community policing, a proactive rather than reactive approach to public safety,” said Oro Valley Mayor Satish I. Hiremath, DDS. “That reputation has allowed our residents, businesses and visitors to thrive and be successful. As evidenced by this award, Chief’s passion for public safety spreads far beyond the boundaries of the community he serves. He is truly an asset to law enforcement nationwide.”

In his 36-year career in law enforcement, Chief Daniel Sharp has been developing innovative concepts in traffic safety. Beginning with the Tucson Police Department in 1978, where he would serve on the department’s first DUI unit, he made more than 1,000 DUI arrests and was instrumental in streamlining the DUI investigation process. As Chief Sharp worked his way up the ranks in the Tucson Police Department, eventually becoming assistant chief of police, his involvement in community and traffic safety initiatives also continued to grow, until in 2000, he was hired as chief of police for the Town of Oro Valley.

In his 14+ years with Oro Valley, Chief Sharp has overseen the implementation of traffic safety programs at local high schools, he has been an advocate for training and equipment safety for motorcycle officers, and he has ensured that the department is using the latest technologies and data to ensure consistency and efficiency in traffic enforcement.

In 2010, Chief Sharp was appointed chairman of the IACP Highway Safety Traffic Incident Management sub-Committee which works to address safety, operations, training and outreach initiatives. And in 2012, under Sharp’s leadership, the Oro Valley Police Department created its High Visibility Enforcement program (HiVE), designed to reduce injury-related collisions at key intersections in town.

Chief Daniel G. Sharp holds a master’s degree in educational leadership, is a graduate of the 190th Session of the FBI National Academy, and is a recipient of numerous local and national awards. He also holds memberships with: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA), Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (ACOP) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). 

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