Nashville – The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office announced the winners of the 9th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge at an event Friday, September 6, 2013. This year’s winners included not only state awards, but also 16 national awards. The Law Enforcement Challenge awards are presented to Tennessee law enforcement agencies annually by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
“Police agencies across Tennessee utilize a wide variety of programs to increase safety in their communities and impact issues ranging from child passenger safety to impaired driving campaigns,” Governor Bill Haslam said. “Their dedication deserves this recognition by the state and nation and, more importantly, saves Tennessee lives each year.”
A total of 62 awards were presented during the Law Enforcement Challenge ceremony, including four law enforcement vehicles. Nationally, Tennessee agencies won 16 awards. Holly Thompson from Channel 4 News and George Plaster from 102.5 “The Game,” emceed Friday’s ceremony.
“The National Law Enforcement Challenge honors the good work of our law enforcement agencies,” John Schroer, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, said. “It also provides an incentive for law enforcement agencies to reach new heights, set comprehensive goals, and to share their experiences. These enforcement and education efforts help keep our roads safe and help nurture better drivers.”
The Law Enforcement Challenge is an annual competition designed to recognize and reward the best overall traffic safety programs across the state and nation. The Challenge is judged by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Similar sizes and types of agencies are judged on their local efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about the dangers of driving impaired and speeding as well as the importance of occupant protection. The winning safety programs combine officer training, public information and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within their jurisdictions.
Additionally, each participating agency that met the minimum criteria as established by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office who participated in the COMET Demonstration Project (Combined Messaging Enforcement in Tennessee) was eligible to win a fully equipped police vehicle. Participating regions (West, Middle, and Cumberland) were eligible to win the vehicle. GHSO also awarded a fully police-equipped 2013 Chevy Tahoe to a participating Law Enforcement Challenge agency.
Kendell Poole, Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, reminded the group of law enforcement representatives that all attending are winners, “Lives are saved every day by law enforcement officers who work to reduce the frequency and severity of injuries on our roadways in Tennessee. The awards presented illustrate not only the achievements made in highway safety but our appreciation for their work.”
A list of state and national winners is attached to this release. For more information about the Governor’s Highway Safety Office visit the web site at www.tntrafficsafety.org