On May 14, Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs announced that Charles Addington had been named a finalist by the Partnership for Public Service for its 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.
Addington is the associate director of field operations for the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Office of Justice Services. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and is the only Interior Department employee among the 31 finalists according to a ASIA press release. All finalists for the Service to America Medals, or Sammies, have shown a determined commitment to public service through significant contributions that are seen as innovative, high-impact and critical for the nation according to the ASIA release.
The official list of finalists across seven categories was announced on May 7.
Washburn, after hearing the news, said, the honor was “a notable recognition of his outstanding work. I’m proud of all of our law enforcement officers for their devoted service to protecting families and communities throughout Indian country. Their daily beat is often a remote area encompassing hundreds of miles, where difficult or dangerous circumstances can occur whether making an arrest, conducting an investigation or defusing an emotional domestic situation. Charles Addington represents the best of BIA Law Enforcement.”
Addington has been recognized as the person who developed and implemented the innovative law enforcement program on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation in Montana, the Mescalero Reservation in New Mexico, the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, and the Standing Rock Reservation in North and South Dakota, according to the Service to America Medals website.
The program reduced high violent crime rates by 35 percent and has been used as a model in other American Indian communities. It also became the basis for a report turned into a handbook that identifies the best practices to reduce crime in Indian country. (Related story: Handbook on Crime-Reduction Best Practices from the BIA Office of Justice Services Released)
In talking about the program Addington said, “It was designed to make a difference in the lives of those on the reservations,” according to the Sammies website.
Addington is one of five finalists in the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal category that was announced by the Partnership for Public Service. PPS will be holding a gala in October where the award honorees will be announced.
Addington was recognized for developing and implementing an innovative law enforcement program that reduced the high violent crime rate on four Indian reservations by 35 percent, providing a model for other Native American communities. He is among five finalists in the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal category announced by the PPS.