N.M. State Police Lt. Eric Garcia nabs national honor in Phoenix

Posted: November 17, 2010 in Uncategorized
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New Mexico State Police Lt. Eric Garcia, center, was given a national award on Wednesday in Phoenix for his role in helping develope the AMBER Alert System around the state. To Garcia's right is Ron Laney, Associate Administrator, Child Protection Division, OJJDP. At Garcia's left is Marilyn Roberts, Deputy Administrator for Programs Office of Juvenile Justice. -- Courtesy photo

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.

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