USC President C. L. Max Nikias was honored at the Los Angeles Police Museum’s 21st Annual Jack Webb Awards. The award is presented annually to individuals who make positive contributions to their communities by partnering with law enforcement.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck presented the award on Sept. 20 to Nikias in recognition of his and USC’s long-standing work and close cooperation.
“President Nikias has been an extraordinary partner and exceptional friend, not only to me, but to the men and women who proudly serve the city of Los Angeles,” Beck said. He exemplifies the values and traditions of the Los Angeles Police Department and is deserving of the Jack Webb Award for his significant commitment to the LAPD and lifelong support of the entire law enforcement community.”
As Los Angeles’ largest private employer, USC works with the LAPD coordinating security on and around its campuses, but the close ties extend far beyond this cooperation. USC is home to one of the LAPD Cadet Program’s cadet posts, staffed by 50 young men and women from LA neighborhoods who volunteer at local schools and serve the community in many other meaningful ways.
This spring, four LAPD officers enrolled in the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Executive Master of Leadership program to become the first recipients of the USC-LAPD Scholarship, which provides for half of their tuition.
Accepting the award, Nikias noted, “USC is extremely proud of its long-standing, strong partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department. We share a staunch commitment to the safety and prosperity of our community, and I am truly honored to work with so many individuals at our university and in law enforcement who are dedicated to this important work.”
The event, held at the Omni Hotel in front of 400 attendees, featured a special performance from the USC Trojan Marching Band, giving the event a distinct Trojan feel.