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WASHINGTON -- Two Urbandale police officers were honored in Washington D.C. Thursday.

Officers Curt Vajgrt and Andrew Dobbins were among the recipients of the Attorney General's Awards for Distinguished Service in Community Policing.

The pair was recognized for implementing a new program for local students. The "Culture of Integrity" program focuses on bullying, social media, personal safety, and achieving success.

"Today we are looking back over the past year and recognizing those sworn officers who have shown an uncommon commitment to responsive and cooperative policing. We want to draw national attention to your transformative work,” said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

The Culture of Integrity program started with sixth graders at Urbandale Middle School. It has since been expanded to Des Moines Christian and St. Pius schools.