Published on June 9, 2021

On May 26, 2021, The National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) presented 97 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen awards during a virtual awards ceremony. The NAGC Blue Pencil and Gold Screen awards recognize excellence in government communication at all levels of government across the nation. Listed as one of the 21 most coveted government leadership awards, the Blue Pencil and Gold Screen awards program has 35 categories in which communicators can submit work, reflecting the breadth of tactics employed by government communicators to deliver information to the public.

More than 50 local, county, state, tribal and federal agencies were recognized for excellence in government communications in the 2021 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen awards program. The full list of the 2021 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen award recipients is available online at

The Colorado Springs Police Department’s 2021 K9 Calendar was awarded the top spot (1st place) in the calendar category. A few of the judges’ comments include, “What a great purpose, to provide joy!” “The cover is quite eye-catching, and the entire calendar is visually appealing.” “The photography is beautiful. The juxtaposition of the dogs with the backgrounds, especially the graffiti, is very interesting, even for people not normally interested in dogs. The calendar is well designed and easy to read. Kudos to”

“We are incredibly honored to receive an award for our K9 Calendar. This is one of our favorite fundraisers of the year, with 100% of the proceeds going to our Cadet Program. The Cadet Program is designed to develop young leaders who become active in our community. While some cadets do go on to become CSPD officers, or work in the criminal justice field, our main goal is not to recruit, but rather to help equip some of our youngest community members with strong leadership skills and knowledge that they can take with them in the future. In order to keep this program free for everyone, we rely on fundraising and generous donations from our community. I sincerely want to thank our community for helping support the youth in our community. I would also like to thank local Photographer and Designer Stephen Martin for bringing our vision to reality,” said Chief Vince Niski, Colorado Springs Police Department.

Established in 1976, the NAGC is the only not-for-profit association dedicated to advocating, promoting, and recognizing excellence in government communication. NAGC provides world-class communication training to its members and non-member government communicators through its annual Communications School and monthly professional development opportunities.

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