From a Press Release
Members of the Ames Police Department’s Safe Neighborhoods Team received the Outstanding Public Official Award Thursday at the Iowa Corrections Association Conference in Ames.
The Safe Neighborhood's Team was formed by the department in 2011 to build positive relationships with the community and neighborhoods. The team focuses on problem solving and quality of life issues in high call volume areas. The team strives to intervene early and work with others to creatively solve many types of problems, said Ames Police CMDR. Geoff Huff.
Sgt. Howard Snider who died in a tragic accident in 2012 created and directed the team, and the award is a testament to his legacy, according to the release.
Sgt. Mike Arkovich, the team's current supervisor, accepted the award on behalf of the current and former members. Current members include Nate Rivera, Eric Snyder, Steve Spoon, and Seth Howard. Past members include Adam McPherson and Patrick O’Bryan.
The Safe Neighborhoods Team attends neighborhood meetings, block parties, and other local events to educate the public about crime trends and safety concerns. The team also spends some time in the Campustown area enforcing alcohol and nuisance crimes.