Officer Deon Joseph, 34, of the Los Angeles Police Department has received honorable mention in the 2007 Police Service Awards, sponsored by PARADE magazine and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

As a community liaison officer in central L.A.'s Skid Row neighborhood, Officer Joseph finds positive role models for children who live in an area plagued by drug dealers, gangs, and prostitutes. He created "Just Like You," a program designed to introduce children to accomplished individuals of African-American or Latin descent.

The Police Service Awards were established by PARADE and IACP in 1966 to focus attention on the dedicated men and women of our nation's police force.

They are given for specific acts of valor, consistent service above and beyond the call of duty, development of innovative programs, and significant service to the community apart from police work.

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