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City of Suwanee receives two international awards

SUWANEE - Two international organizations recently recognized Suwanee for the city's parks and recreation and community policing programs.

Competing with about 100 other law enforcement agencies from five countries, the Suwanee Police Department received the International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Award.

Chief Todd Miller said the award honors the best practices from agencies that truly believe in community policing.

"It's not just a function of one or two officers," Miller said. "And Suwanee's PACT initiative is using the strong tenets of community policing, which are partnerships and problem-solving. Suwanee has proven that the partnership of community and police results in more effective crime-fighting techniques."

The police department will receive its award in October at the IACP conference in Denver.

Earlier this week, during a conference in Montreal, the International City-County Management Association and the National Research Center awarded the city two Voice of the People Awards for Excellence in citizen services.

The areas were recreation programs and classes and parks.

A city official said Suwanee's quality service rating was in the top three of all eligible jurisdictions and in the top 10 percent of more than 500 jursidictions in the research center's database, which uses citizen surveys to determine community ratings.

According to the surveys, 95 percent of Suwanee respondents said they visited a neighborhood or city park in 2008. Of those, 97 percent rated the parks as good or excellent.