By Carla Branch

APD Sgt Rossiter receives ADL Shield Award for the development of Youth Police Academy (courtesy photo)

Alexandria Police Sergeant Michael Rossiter received the 2017-2018 Anti-Defamation League SHIELD Award for his development of the Alexandria Youth Citizens Police Academy.

The Youth Citizens Police Academy is designed for young people between the ages of 14 and 18 who live in or attend school in the City of Alexandria. The Citizens Youth Police Academy is held twice each year, in the sprig and fall. Two-hour weekly sessions last for ten weeks and introduce young people to police officers, law enforcement roles and responsibilities, the court system and much more. The goal of the academy is to promote better understanding between young people and police personnel.

Created by ADL’s Washington, DC Regional Office in 2010, the SHIELD Awards annually recognize law enforcement for significant contributions towards protecting the American people from hate crimes, extremism, and domestic and international terrorism. For the 2017-2018 SHIELD Awards, an additional category has been added to honor individuals and agencies for programs, initiatives or activities in the areas of trust building, police-community relations, and civil rights.

The name of the award is an acronym for the core values of the profession: Service, Honor, Integrity, Excellence, Leadership, and Dedication.  Recipients are chosen by a committee of more than 20 agency heads in the Washington, DC region.  Partnership agencies represent more than 90,000 personnel.