Irvine, Calif. – Irvine Police Department Lieutenant Michael Kent has been recognized as one of the “40 Under 40” by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The award was developed to acknowledge 40 law enforcement professionals younger than 40 years old who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession.
Lt. Kent was among the dedicated law enforcement professionals from around the world to receive the inaugural award, which was presented to him at an IACP conference in San Diego on Oct. 17.
The awardees are up-and-coming leaders who represent all levels of law enforcement agencies, including state, local, university, military and federal. Each was chosen for his or her demonstration of strong values and commitment to the law enforcement field, and to the communities they serve. They lead by example by serving as role models, providing mentorship and developing effective teams.
Lt. Kent is a 15-year veteran of the Irvine Police Department who currently serves as the Portola Area Lieutenant and has command of the SWAT team. His path to this award began in the 1990s, when he served as an Irvine Police Department Explorer.
“It is an absolute honor and pleasure to be presented with this prestigious award. To be one of 40 from around the world to receive this award leaves me speechless. It is a tribute to the quality of officers this department hires. I can say without hesitation, our officers are some of the best this profession has to offer,” Lt. Kent said.