Gloucestercitynews.net--(Voorhees, NJ)--Congratulations to Police Lieutenant William Walsh, who was nominated and selected as a 2019 recipient of the prestigious IACP 40 under 40 award for 2019. The IACP 40 Under 40 award program is designed to recognize individuals in law enforcement under the age of 40 who demonstrate leadership and commitment to law enforcement.
Lieutenant Walsh entered the law enforcement profession at age 16 when he became a police dispatcher. He is passionate about both serving his community and aiding his fellow officers and is recognized as a trusted colleague and committed leader.
Lieutenant Walsh has learned firsthand the dangers of mental illness and emotional distress within the law enforcement community through the suicide deaths of two fellow officers, as well as witnessing a member of the public take his own life. These tragedies inspired the focus of his graduate and postgraduate studies, and he developed curricula to help bring attention to improving the health and wellness of the law enforcement community. His commitment can be seen in his officer health and wellness courses, which are currently taught in New Jersey police academies and presented to law enforcement and corrections agencies and organizations. He also spoke on support systems for officers at the 2017 IACP Annual Conference. Lieutenant Walsh feels a strong calling to mentor the next generation of officers as an adjunct criminal justice professor and police academy instructor. He continues to inspire other officers to further their studies.
Walsh also gives back to the community, most notably by developing his community’s first citizen’s police academy, designed to educate residents and dispel myths by shedding light on topics such as deadly force, police distress, the investigative process, and internal affairs.
This prestigious award is presented to 40 awardees from around the globe who exemplify this leadership, dedication and service to their communities and profession. The 2019 awardees represent local, county, state/provincial, university, tribal, and national law enforcement agencies, including awardees from sheriff’s departments, federal agencies, airport police, and investigative organizations, among others. They hail from seven countries—the United States, Canada, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, India, and the Solomon Islands. They include chiefs of police, sergeants, lieutenants, inspectors, special agents, project leads, and numerous other roles and ranks, serving their communities in both sworn and non-sworn positions
The Lieutenant will be recognized at the 2019 IACP Conference this October in Chicago.