The Egon Bittner Award is presented to Chief Executive Officers who have commanded a CALEA Accredited agency for fifteen or more continuous years. It was created to recognize these leaders for their significant contributions to the public safety profession and to CALEA.
Professor Egon Bittner greatly contributed to CALEA’s early development in 1979-80, and was a CALEA Commissioner from 1981, during the critical developmental stage of the organization, through 1988.
Dr. Bittner brought wisdom and expertise to CALEA’s deliberations. He was Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, with a national standing on law enforcement issues. He retired from Brandeis in 1991 and then moved with his wife, Jean, to the California Bay Area. He died there on May 7, 2011.