Martin law enforcement agencies annual state safety awards

Martin law enforcement agencies annual state safety awards
Nashville – The Tennessee Department of Transportation Governor’s Highway Safety Office announced the winners of the 6th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge at an event on Friday, Sept. 10.  This year’s winners included agencies from across the state including 13 national awards.  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,” said Governor Phil Bredesen.  “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 the ceremony on 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,” said Nicely.  “These enforcement and education efforts promote better driving habits and make our roads safer.”
The categories were based on agency size. The Martin Police Department brought home second place in the 26-45 officer category for the state challenges.
In the category of universities, the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Public Safety Department also brought home a second place honor from the state challenge.
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.
GHSO Director Kendell Poole reminded the group of law enforcement representatives on hand for the banquet 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.”

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