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COLLIERVILLE, TN - Collierville Assistant Police Chief Jeff Abeln was presented with the H. R. Houston Award on April 22, by the 2011 Class of Leadership Collierville. The H. R. Houston Award is given to an individual who demonstrates outstanding service to the community and leadership within the Town. The award was presented at the graduation ceremony for the 2011 Class of Leadership Collierville which was held at Carrabbas Restaurant at The Avenue Carriage Crossing in Collierville.

Jeff Abeln started his career with the Town of Collierville's Police Department in April of 1987 after serving in the United States Army. Over the years, Jeff began to advance his career within the Collierville Police Department holding various positions including Lieutenant within the Uniform Patrol Division, SWAT Commander, Captain and Uniform Patrol Division Commander. In 2008, Jeff was promoted to Assistant Chief the position he currently holds. As Assistant Chief, Jeff has primary responsibility over Operations which manages the Uniform Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigation Division.

Jeff is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (Class 197) in 1999 and is a current member of the FBI NA Alumni Association. He is also an active member of the Tennessee Association Chiefs of Police (TACP).

Jeff serves and has leadership roles in a number of community activities and organizations. In 2004 and 2005 he served as the Chairman of the Collierville Police Department's Classic Car Show benefiting Tennessee Special Olympics. Due in large part to his leadership the department was recognized as the top fund raiser among all law enforcement agencies across the State of Tennessee both years. He also served on the Special Olympics Torch Run board for Tennessee Special Olympics.

He has also served on the Town of Collierville's Environmental Board, Main Street Board, and Leadership Collierville Board. With Leadership Collierville, he served as Board President, Vice President of Youth Leadership Collierville and Vice President of Adult Leadership Collierville. Jeff is a graduate of the Leadership Collierville class of 2006.

"Jeff Abeln's commitment to enhancing and improving the quality of life in Collierville is exemplified by his sensitivity to the opportunities for service within the Collierville community," said Mayor Stan Joyner. "As Assistant Chief with the Police Department, Jeff has an outstanding reputation as a progressive leader and an innovative thinker. I think Leadership Collierville made a great choice for this award; it is a real testament to Jeff's contributions to the Police Department and the community."