UCPD among state winners of competition
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 6:00 pm
The Messenger 09.14.10
The Union City Police Department is among the state winners in the 6th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge.
The Tennessee Depart-ment of Transportation Governor’s Highway Safety Office announced the winners at an event Friday. They included agencies from across the state, including 13 which claimed national awards.
Union City police won third place among the State Challenge winners in the category for 26-45 officers.
Other area winners included the Martin Police Department, second place in the 26-45 officer category; and the University of Tennessee at Martin, second place in the category for universities.
The Law Enforcement Challenge is presented to law enforcement agencies across the state by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
“The Law Enforcement Challenge recognizes outstanding performances by law enforcement agencies and officers from across the state,” Gov. Phil Bredesen said. “These dedicated public servants work diligently for the good of their communities and deserve this recognition both by the state and nationally.”
A total of 57 awards were presented during a ceremony Friday. Nationally, Tennessee agencies won 13 awards, including five top honors. Regardless of type or size, all of the agencies that applied were considered for these awards.
“The National Law Enforcement Challenge provides an incentive for law enforcement agencies to reach new heights, set comprehensive goals, and to share their experiences,” state Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely said. “These enforcement and education efforts promote better driving habits and make our roads safer.”
The Law Enforcement Challenge is an annual competition designed to recognize and reward the best overall traffic safety programs across the state and across the country as 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 40 winning safety programs combined officer training, public information and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within their jurisdictions.
Governor’s Highway Safety Office director Kendell Poole reminded the group of law enforcement representatives that there are no losers in this competition.
“Everyone here today is a winner. Each day, the law enforcement officers in Tennessee work to save lives and reduce the frequency and severity of injuries on our highways. The awards presented today illustrate not only the achievements made in highway safety but our appreciation for your work,” he said.