The Lincoln Police Department has won a national contest promoting the exchange of information between police and researchers.
The American Society of Evidence-based Policing Research had chosen LPD's entry as a finalist. Lincoln police said Tuesday that they learned they won first place overall, as well as the people's choice award.
In July, Officer Luke Bonkiewicz submitted a two-page research brief titled: “Why Aren’t More Crime Analysts Helping Police Agencies Evaluate Programs and Strategies?” and a video about how crime analysts must play a more central role in police departments.
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Bonkiewicz said LPD will be donating the $1,250 prize to the Malone Community Center's after-school robotics club.