ADA - The Ada Police Department's S.A.F.E.R., Seeking Aid From Every Resident, Program has been named a finalist for the 2012 Government Security News' Most Notable Municipal/County Programs, Projects or Initiatives Award.

According to Chief Michael Harnishfeger, the Ada Police Department was notified on Wednesday, Nov. 7, that the S.A.F.E.R. Program was selected as a finalist along with the Seattle, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; and St. Petersburg, Fla., Police Departments.

According to Government Security News, the annual contest celebrates the public-private collaboration that makes up the nation's homeland security apparatus by presenting awards to leading vendors of IT and physical security products and solutions, and to federal, state, county and municipal agencies for notable achievements in government programs, projects, strategies and initiatives.

The notification from GSN to the Ada Police Department states that "your selection puts you into an elite group of companies and government agencies who have demonstrated excellence and innovation during the past year in the quest for a more secure homeland."

S.A.F.E.R. was invented and initiated in Ada, in 2001, following the attacks of 9/11 in an effort to "Seek Aid From Every Resident". According to Chief Harnishfeger, our S.A.F.E.R. Program has been instrumental in a number of criminal investigations and general quality of life issues as we partner with our residents to keep Ada a safer community.

The Ada Police Department is proud to be named a finalist in this prestigious awards program which will make a final selection in Washington D.C. on Nov. 29.

The S.A.F.E.R. Project was named the Ohio Community Policing Strategy of the Year in 2003 by the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.