New Mexico State Police Lt. Eric Garcia was awarded on Wednesday by the Department of Justice the 2010 Law Enforcement Leadership Award at a ceremony in Phoenix.
Assistant U.S. Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, who works in the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, said Garcia is a “model example for law enforcement in the United States for his outstanding contribution to protecting children,” according to a statement released Wednesday.
Garcia, the chief public information officer for state police, has “directly contributed to the development of over a dozen AMBER Alert programs for other law enforcement agencies,” according to a statement about his honor at this week’s seventh annual AMBER Alert Symposium.
This year’s symposium focused on expanding the AMBER Alert system in tribal communities and along the U.S./Mexico border.
Garcia was the lone recipient of the Law Enforcement Leadership Award. Other awards went to the AMBER Alert coordinator of the year, broadcaster/media person of the year and citizen of the year.