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South Florida Police Benevolent Association Presents Citizen of the Year Award to Community-Police Relations Foundation

Al Eskanazy, President & CEO of the Community-Police Relations Foundation (CPRF), was recognized as Citizen of the Year at the South Florida Police Benevolent Association’s Annual Law Enforcement Awards Gala in May. The event celebrates officers, remembers those who have fallen and stands in solidarity with the surviving family members they left behind. The annual gala is a formal event that includes a seated dinner, awards ceremony, live music and dancing. About 1,000 guests among the forces of order and their
families, state officials, local government leaders and South Florida residents attend the event.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be selected for such a prestigious award.
by an organization committed to improving community-police relations and
quality of life for our law enforcement and community members. This recognition
is not about me, but about every first responder who puts their life on the line, our
committed members of the community and our many supporters. Together, we look forward to building on the momentum we have created to build bridges between law enforcement and the community, transforming lives and increasing safety and trust for all,” said Al Eskanazy, Chairman and & CEO of the Community-Police Relations Foundation.

“When it came time for us to select our Citizen of the Year, no one was more fitting than Al Eskanazy. He has gone out of his way not only to support our organization, but also for many other organizations that support our first responders who find themselves in difficult times and financial difficulties. CPRF is here to help others in very difficult times and we thank Al for being a champion with the law enforcement community. It’s our way of showing that his generosity hasn’t gone unnoticed,” said Steadman Stahl, president of the South Florida Police Benevolent Association.

Following recent incidents, relations between many communities and law enforcement have been strained, impacting mutual trust and security. Members of the CPRF have made it their mission to change this paradigm and improve the perception of police officers within our communities by taking proactive and innovative measures that enable police officers to interact positively with the communities they serve in non-law enforcement contexts, helping to build trust and familiarity, which is essential for addressing neighborhood issues and reducing crime.

About the South Florida Police Benevolent Association

The South Florida Police Benevolent Association (SFLPBA) is an aggressive and pro-
active union of professionals and former law enforcement officers working for the protection
the rights of police and women, and community leaders across the South
Florida. Since its constitution in December 1963, it has not ceased to fight actively
defend and achieve the rights of all members.

For the past 50 years, the SFLPBA has worked to promote professionalism among lawyers
enforcement agents and establish a positive identity in South Florida and beyond.
By aligning with leading community citizen organizations and endorsing
politicians with the values ​​it upholds, the organization continues to embrace
change in South Florida and create a strong relationship between the community
and its more than 6,500 members.

About the Community-Police Relations Foundation

The Community-Police Relations Foundation was created in 2018 to improve
relationships within communities by facilitating positive interactions with uniformed police. The goal is to reassure our communities that law enforcement officers are working to keep our communities safe. CPRF works to build trust and build respect in communities from Miami to New York, Camden, New Jersey, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Over the past four years, the Foundation has supported many initiatives to create a
unified and harmonious relationship between law enforcement and the communities served. Initiatives include food for individuals and families in inner-city neighborhoods, mentoring for school-aged youth, police involvement in youth sports, awarding scholarships to graduate students, health training mental illness for police officers and spouses, supporting the fight against human trafficking and abuse, preventing animal cruelty and funding holiday festivities. To learn more about the CPRF, visit and join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @cprfcharity.

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