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Aquia Police Chief wins neighborhood award from Steve Harvey


Aquia Harbour Police Chief Patricia Harman doesn’t remember what she actually told daytime TV host Steve Harvey when he presented her with a Neighborhood Award earlier this month.

“I was practicing my gracious face, and then they called my name,” recalled Harman, who goes by Trish. “I don’t remember much about it but do remember going ‘what?!’ It’s really quite a blur.”

Harman, chief of the 2,300-home Harbour community in Stafford County since 2008 (that recently built a new police station), had already been surprised days earlier upon hearing that she’d been nominated for Harvey’s first on-television awards. Winning was even more of a shock. The whirlwind, 18-hour trip to Chicago was surreal, Harman said. “It was very, very fast, and very wild, I didn’t expect to win,” Harman said. “It came out of left field.”

Unfortunately though, viewers won’t be able to watch the full show in this area when it airs on NBC Friday. It’s being preempted by hockey games. No other broadcasts are planned for now, though repeats could be aired in the future.

But, you can find a 1-minute clip of Harman winning on the Steve Harvey YouTube account.

In the video, Harman says: “Thank you so much, thank you Aquia Harbour, I love you guys. I was a troubled kid, and the Prince William County Police let me go on a ride along when I was 15 years old. And it changed my life. And when kids get in trouble in my community, arrest is the last thing we do. We help them. Helping out a kid in trouble really can change a life. And a neighborhood. It changed mine. Thank you so much.”