Art Walls Award
Arthur “Art” S. Walls is best remembered for his dedication to the field of crime prevention and love for the citizens of Sarasota, Florida. Art began his love of Sarasota on May 3, 1976 when he was sworn in as a police officer. His law enforcement career began with the Long Branch Police Department in his birth state of New Jersey following a four-year tour of duty in Viet Nam as a member of the US Navy.
As a member of the Sarasota Police Department Art dedicated himself to crime prevention and the advancement of safety and security measures to citizens throughout Florida. He was an instructor with the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute (FCPTI) of the Florida Attorney General’s Office starting in 1982. One of the principals involved in the institution of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) into design reviews for the City of Sarasota. As an instructor Art trained hundreds of Florida police officers and deputy sheriffs in the art of CPTED. Additionally, Art was responsible to conduct security surveys, coordinated the neighborhood watch program and business watch program as well as conducting prevention programs at Sarasota schools.
Another avenue Art used to bring crime prevention methods and networking to other police agencies was the Suncoast Crime Prevention Association, the Florida Crime Prevention Association (FCPA) and the Florida CPTED Network (FCN). He was one of the founding members of the FCN. At one point in time he was president of all three organizations.
When Art passed away, he was in Sebring, Florida conducting training for the FCPTI ensuring a new generation of crime prevention officers could properly serve the citizens of Florida. In recognition of his dedication to crime prevention and commitment to this community, the Suncoast Crime Prevention Association created the Arthur S. Walls award to recognize a member of the Suncoast Crime Prevention Association who portrayed a level of dedication to the field of crime prevention and commitment to their home community.
Past recipients of the Art Walls Award:
This is Suncoast Crime Prevention Association’s highest award. It is offered to a Certified Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner for his or her most recognizable and outstanding performance in the field of crime prevention and to their community.
The nomination letter should be submitted to the President of the association and is given out at their discretion.
The nomination letter can be submitted to the SCPA President via email.