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Charlie Hanger Awarded 3rd Annual MIPT InCOP Prevention Award.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) and co-sponsor the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation awarded Noble County Sheriff Charlie Hanger the MIPT InCOP Prevention Award on Monday, October 17, 2011, for his actions in arresting the Oklahoma City bomber.

MIPT Director David Cid, MIPT 2011 InCOP Prevention Award Recipient Sheriff Charlie Hanger, MIPT 2010 InCOP Prevention Award Recipient Joan T. McNamara, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry (2003-2011), shown left to right. (Photo: Business Wire)

"When Sheriff Hanger made this traffic stop he had no idea the significance it would have. In essence his stop altered the course of a national terrorism investigation," said MIPT Executive Director David Cid. "Sixteen years after that traffic stop his message to officers about paying attention to small details is even more pertinent than ever and we are proud to honor his contribution."

Sheriff Hanger was a patrolman with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1995. Hours after the truck bomb exploded that took 168 lives, Hanger pulled over a man in a Mercury Marquise for driving without a license tag. The man behind the wheel was Timothy McVeigh who would later be tried and convicted for the Oklahoma City bombing.

The MIPT InCOP Prevention Award was created to recognize individuals and/or departments within the law enforcement community who display a forward thinking approach to intelligence building and community policing.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca provided the keynote address at the InCOP Prevention Award presentation. "I'm here because you are a legendary law enforcement man and you did the right thing at the right time," Baca told a crowd of one-hundred attending the luncheon. "You represent the country, and we all owe you a debt of gratitude."

Joan T. McNamara, 2010's award recipient, presented Sheriff Hanger with this year's commendation. "He is not one ordinary cop, this is one extraordinary cop," McNamara stated. "You don't understand what you did that day."

Regarding the events of the traffic stop on April 19, 1995, Charlie Hanger told the crowd, "There are two things that happened that day, divine intervention, without that I would not have been there, and the second was good training. The training makes us better officers to protect those we serve. Because of your training (MIPT's INCOP) we are better able to do our job."

Joan T. McNamara received the award in 2010 for her creation of a Suspicious Activity Reporting program for the Los Angeles Police Department. In 2009, the Oklahoma City Police Department was awarded the InCOP commendation for the quick arrest of a man building and trying to sell IED's to rival gangs.

MIPT is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security training partner serving the nation's 800,000 uniformed officers and law enforcement leadership. MIPT's mission is to enhance the public safety through training, professional development and education.

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