AACA Awards

AACA offers two ways to commend members for outstanding work in crime analysis, research, statistics, mapping, intelligence, and related activities. Generate special recognition throughout the year with a “Step Above” nomination or submit in one of seven different annual award categories. Both nomination types can be submitted easily online and at any time.

“Step Above” Recognition

Recognize fellow AACA members throughout the year for going a “step above” regular responsibilities. This recognition is intended to commend analysts for outstanding service, assistance, collaboration, or general awesomeness when it happens! Whether the nominee's actions generated a lead, solved a case, enhanced knowledge, improved a process, or just made you love this profession all over again, acknowledge the achievement with this esteemed peer recognition. These submissions will also be evaluated for annual award selections.

Click here to submit a "Step Above" Recognition nomination.

AACA Annual Awards

Annual award nominations are accepted throughout the year.  Selected recipients will be presented with awards at the year-end meeting in December. Simply complete the online submission form and include a brief description of the nominee’s qualifications in that specific category. The AACA Board will contact the nominee’s agency for more information.

To qualify, all nominees must be in good financial and membership standing with AACA. Regular and Associate Members are eligible to nominate as well as to be nominated. Members can be nominated by more than one person and in more than one category. Nominations will also be accepted from supervisors, command and executive staff at member agencies. There are seven different award categories:

Member of the Year
Recognizes excellence in crime, intelligence and research analysis. Member has gone above and beyond in the field of analysis and made significant contributions to the profession and association in Arizona.  The member created outstanding work products and/or made a significant contribution to a criminal investigation(s), crime trends and series, public safety issues, offenders, etc.

Innovator Award
Recognizes member(s) who are documented experts in crime and intelligence analysis, research analysis, mapping, or research techniques.  Through hands-on, active experiences, this visionary has possibly authored books, articles or presentations; they have “broken new ground” in the field of analysis, they have improved analysis techniques or they have used new tools and techniques.

New Analyst Award
Recognizes a stand-out analyst in the job fewer than two years.  This member has made significant contributions to the AACA, their agency or the profession beyond what is generally accepted for new members.  For example, special projects, conference planning, meeting participation, presentations, etc.  This is intended to be awarded to someone new to the profession.

Analytical Product Award 
Recognizes a member(s) who has produced a strategic, tactical or administrative bulletin, report, chart, map, timeline, webinar, publication, website, template, report, etc. that was used for problem solving, training, technical assistance or to identify, arrest, prosecute offender(s).

Data Analysis Award
Recognizes a member(s) who utilized technical data like spatial statistics, GIS, real-time crime data, social media, etc. for problem solving, training, technical assistance or to identify, arrest, prosecute offenders.

Team Award
Recognizes a team of analysts (can be from one agency or different agencies) who collaborated on a successful special project, bulletin, new product, presentation, etc.

Efficiency Award
Recognizes a member(s) who demonstrated an efficient use of resources, to improve productivity and effectiveness.  The member(s) is thorough and has worked to improve analysis techniques and products to make them better, faster, stronger.

For questions or more information, please contact memberatlarge@aacaonline.org.

2019 AACA Member Award Winners

Click here to read about 2019 Annual Award Recipients.


Member of the Year
Jennifer Loper, Peoria PD


Efficiency Award
Amy Ohlson, Phoenix PD


Analytical Product Award
Timothy McLean, Maricopa County Attorney's Office


Analytical Product Award
Martin Piatek, Pima County Attorney's Office


Team Award
RMIN:  Amy Tan, Jennifer Rodems, Sarah Jex, Westry Wilton, Christine Kelly, Crystal Wallen, Kimberly Greene, Sharonda Holleman, Derick Francis


Innovator Award
Ximena Bustamente, Maricopa County Attorney's Office


Innovator Award
Sean Rambaran, Pima County Attorney's Office


New Analyst Award
Tiana Hopwood, Scottsdale PD

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Data Analysis Award
Annalynne Brown, Maricopa County Attorney's Office

Click here to read about 2018 Annual Award Recipients.