State legislators and members of the law enforcement community gathered at Legislative Hall on Jan. 6 to recognize the creator of a groundbreaking protection program.

In the wake of a February 2013 shooting incident that left three people dead in the lobby of the New Castle County Courthouse, Capitol Police Chief John Horsman saw a need to safeguard people involved in domestic violence-related court appearances.

Horsman's efforts, with the cooperation of other law enforcement officials, led to the establishment of the Violence Intervention Program. Operated by the Delaware Capitol Police, the program evaluates the threat of potential violence and provides protection to individuals via security details and escorts.

The program was selected by the Delaware Criminal Justice Council to receive the inaugural "Beau" Biden Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award in December.

The program has provided more than 300 escorts since its creation.

State Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel, presented a Senate Tribute recognizing Horsman for his efforts. State Rep. Harvey Kenton, R-Milford, who attended the event, noted that the initiative has been cited as the first of its kind in the nation.