inners of the 2005 IACP Law Enforcement Challenge will be honored during ceremonies this month at the annual IACP conference in Boston. The challenge recognizes sound, effective traffic safety programs and encourages agencies to adopt good policies and enforcement guidelines; to conduct training for officers on traffic safety topics; to participate in national mobilizations; to inform and educate the public; to enforce the laws that affect motorist safety; and to evaluate the work being done to identify areas that can be improvement.
Winners are determined by a panel of judges selected from law enforcement, traffic safety advocacy, national organizations, and corporate and government partners, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Agencies compete against agencies of similar size and responsibility for first-, second-, and third-place honors in each category. Special awards are presented to agencies that excel in specific traffic safety emphasis areas. This year, for example, the Georgia State Patrol's DUI HEAT will be honored as the best DUI program, the Colorado Springs, Colorado, Police Department will receive special recognition for its work in the speed awareness and enforcement area, and the Occupant Protection award will go to the Marion County, Indiana, Traffic Safety Partnership.
Other special awards will go to the Clackamas County, Oregon, Sheriff's Office (Best First-Time Entry); Colorado State Patrol (Child Passenger Safety); Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department (Youth Alcohol and Municipal Motor Carrier Safety); Winter Park, Florida, Police (Technology); Fairfax City, Virginia, Police Department (Bicycle/Pedestrian Programs); and the California Highway Patrol (State Motor Carrier Safety).
The Clayton J. Hall Memorial Award, presented to the best overall law enforcement traffic safety program, goes to the Park Ridge, Illinois, Police Department. Start planning your winning application now (for more information, see (www.lawenforcementchallenge.org).