The Illinois State Bar Association is honoring the Alton Police Chief today. David Hayes (pictured) is one of five honorees statewide, and the only one from Southern Illinois, to receive the 2012 Law Enforcement Award. It was created in 1996 to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system.

David Anderson, Associate Executive Director of the association, says it is given sparingly to recognize those who truly excel in the field of law enforcement, and those who increase the public's respect for law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

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Chief Hayes is an active member of the Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council, and supports and participates in its annual "Walk Against Violence" and an annual Memorial Service held in remembrance of domestic violence victims and their families. He remained a strong supporter of the "Weed and Seed" program in disadvantaged neighborhoods, even after the national program was disbanded.

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