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

The Seeking Aid From Every Resident Program was a finalist along with programs from Seattle, Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla., police departments.

The annual contest acknowledges successful public-private collaborations for the country’s homeland security measures to recognize achievements in strategies and initiatives.

“Your selection puts you into an elite group of companies and governmental agencies who have demonstrated excellence and innovation during the past year for a more secure homeland,” according to a message from the Government Security News to the Ada Police Department on Nov. 7.

S.A.F.E.R. was created in Ada in 2001 following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger said the program has been instrumental in numerous criminal investigations and quality of life issues, making Ada a safer community overall.

The winning program will be announced in Washington on Nov. 29.

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