Hilltop Action Coalition and Tacoma Police Department placed first among 700 nominees and have won the MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award. The award comes with a $15,000 prize, which will go to HAC.
The volunteers of HAC and the cops of TPD teamed up when gang and drug violence on the Hilltop were at their worst.
Associated Ministries founded and supported HAC as a means to mobilize residents willing to form block watches, put on white ball caps and go on “walkabouts,” where they gathered information on, and photos of, criminal activity. Those residents demanded more help from …