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City receives state award for achievement in communications

Post Date:06/14/2017 9:12 a.m.


The Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers recognized the City of Pearland with the 2017 TAMI Award for Best Media Relations in Texas. TAMI Awards, presented annually to select municipalities, are the highest statewide honor a City or County can achieve for its communication efforts. Contest entries are reviewed and scored by a panel of judges.

“This award reflects the unique collaboration of the Police and Communications Departments and highlights the important role of both departments in working with the media to keep the public informed,” said City of Pearland City Manager Clay Pearson.

The winning entry for the City of Pearland highlighted the Communications and Police Department’s teamwork. In 2016, the Police Department added the Community Outreach Division to build strong partnerships with residents, civic organizations, community leaders, school officials and local businesses to meet the ever-changing law enforcement needs of the community. The Division launched several initiatives to further the department’s philosophy of community policing. To promote the division and raise awareness of its programs and services, both Departments worked to ensure the public was informed.

“Last year, we set an ambitious goal to promote our community efforts. The receipt of this award is a testament to the success of those efforts,” said Mo Lopez, Police Department Public Information Officer.

Along with the communications geared towards community policing, the award was received for the work honoring fallen police Officer Endy Ekpanya, who was the first City of Pearland police officer lost in the line of duty in more than 40 years.

The TAMI Awards program, founded in 2001, serves as a professional high point for municipal communications work in Texas. Every year, new cities join the ranks of TAMI winners, showcasing their work for colleagues across Texas.
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