Roanoke College honors Harry Haskins with annual Charles Brown award

SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College's thirteenth Charles Brown Award was bestowed upon Mr. Harry T. Haskins, Jr. during a ceremony on the Salem campus October 6. The award recognizes annually a citizen of Salem who has contributed significantly to the quality of life in the city. Recipients have made distinguished contributions in their professional lives, but more importantly, they have gone beyond their professional settings to make Salem a better place to live.

Haskins served a long and distinguished career with the Salem Police Department. A native of Clifton Forge, Va., he began his career in 1958, when he was appointed to the Virginia State Police Academy. He went on to serve in areas of Virginia from Arlington to Amherst, Craig and Roanoke Counties, eventually becoming Sergeant and then Investigator First Sergeant of the fifth division in Norfolk. This would be the culmination of his career with the state police.

In 1974, Haskins went to work as a Special Agent with the U.S. Forest and served in the Jefferson and George Washington National Forests in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. In hopes of spending more time at home with his family, Haskins accepted the position of Chief of Police for Salem in 1975 where he served until his retirement in 1995.

Under his administration, the Salem Police Department enjoyed many innovations. The Chaplain's Program was established within the department, as was the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, commonly known as D.A.R.E. Salem's Camp D.A.R.E continues still and is a nationally acclaimed project.

The Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy was founded in Salem under Haskins' administration. This facility still provides basic and in-service training for 32 member jurisdictions. The establishment of centralized dispatching and implementation of the E-911 system brought safety and emergency response in the city to an unprecedented level. Other technological advances during this time included the acquisition of Automated Fingerprint Identification as well as data processing advancements, including video imaging.

In addition to his work for the police department, Haskins has been active in his church, and in 1996, he was awarded the Roanoke College Medal, the highest honor bestowed on our alumni. He served on City Council from 1996-2000.

The exemplar for this award is Dr. Charles Brown, the first true dean of Roanoke College and the only College employee to serve the city as mayor. Dr. Brown was an outstanding leader of the College, and he distinguished himself as an educator and public servant.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: October 9, 2009
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