A Bedfordshire police team received a surprise award at a community celebration held to recognise 35 years of the Bangladeshi Youth League and the Community Youth Centre Development.
More than 500 people attended the event, including police and crime commissioner Olly Martins and chief superintendent Dave Boyle.
The force’s community cohesion team was recognised for minimising tension in Luton in the past year.
Team leader Inspector Hob Hoque said there had been a number of high-profile Bangladeshi incidents whuch had the potential to undermine community confidence.
He added: “My officers have worked tirelessly to maintain trust and confidence within all of our communities and we were honoured to receive this award.
“We are fully committed to working with all communities through challenging and difficulties times as part of our aim to protect people and fight crime.”
They were presented with a bouquet of flowers and a glass plaque by Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins.