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Highway Safety Initiatives

National Law Enforcement Challenge: 2003 Winners Announced

By Rick Larson, Program Manager, IACP

The results are in and the winners of the 2003 IACP National Law Enforcement Challenge (formerly known as the IACP National Chiefs Challenge) awards have been notified. If you haven't heard about the Law Enforcement Challenge by now, read on and discover the rewards that traffic safety enforcement hold for your department.

The Law Enforcement Challenge, operated by the IACP in partnership with the National Sheriffs' Association, is a national highway safety competition developed under a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and designed to encourage departments to step up enforcement in the target areas of impaired driving, occupant protection, and speed enforcement. Agencies compete against like-sized agencies and are judged on several categories:

  • Policy statements

  • Officer training

  • Public information and education

  • Enforcement activity

  • Program effectiveness

  • Quality of application documents

Agencies interested in applying for the Law Enforcement Challenge should write to the author at for an official application form. The application process is simple. Submit a (maximum one-inch) binder with the completed application form and appropriate supporting material for describing the agency's programs and campaigns. Examples of suitable material include press clippings, photos of enforcement events, single samples of public information and education efforts, and charts or graphs illustrating the results of enforcement activities.

A judging panel composed of law enforcement representatives, traffic safety professionals, and concerned corporate partners review all qualifying applications and refer the top candidates for final approval by the IACP Highway Safety Committee at its midyear meeting in June. The winning agencies are notified by mail, and the first-place winners in every category receive free registration for the next annual IACP conference, round-trip airfare to the conference city, and three nights' hotel stay in the conference city for one person. All winning agencies are recognized at an official awards breakfast during the conference week. Finally, during this awards breakfast, all first-place winners have the chance to win the use of a fully outfitted Ford Excursion for one year, courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

Congratulations to the following winners for the 2003 enforcement year:

Municipal Agencies

  • 1-10 sworn officers

  • First: West Point, Va., Police Dept.
    Second: Sneads, Fla., Police Dept.
    Third (tie): Blountstown, Fla., Police Dept.; and
    East Hazel Crest, Ill., Police Dept.

  • 11-25 sworn officers

  • First: Glen Carbon, Ill., Police Dept.
    Second: Olney, Ill., Police Dept.
    Third (tie): Lake Clarke Shores, Fla., Police Dept.; and
    Adel, Ga., Police Dept.

  • 26-50 sworn officers

  • First: Tarpon Springs, Fla., Police Dept.
    Second: New Lenox, Ill., Police Dept.
    Third: Algonquin, Ill., Police Dept.; and
    Villa Park, Ill., Police Dept.

  • 51-100 sworn officers

  • First: Winter Park, Fla., Police Dept.
    Second: Greenbelt, Md., Police Dept.
    Third (tie): Harrisonburg City, Va., Police Dept.;
    Mount Prospect, Ill., Police Dept.; and
    Redwood City, Calif., Police Dept.

  • 101-250 sworn officers

  • First: Port Saint Lucie, Fla., Police Dept.
    Second: Schaumburg, Ill., Police Dept.
    Third (tie): Roanoke, Va., Police Dept.; and
    Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Police Dept.

  • 251-500 sworn officers

  • First: Springfield, Ill., Police Dept.
    Second: Hollywood, Fla., Police Dept.
    Third: Chesterfield County, Va., Police Dept.

  • 501-1,000 sworn officers

  • First: Colorado Springs, Colo., Police Dept.
    Second: Tulsa, Okla., Police Dept.
    Third: Fresno, Calif., Police Dept.

  • 1,001-2,000 sworn officers

  • First: Atlanta, Ga., Police Dept.
    Second: El Paso, Tex., Police Dept.
    Third: City of Miami, Fla., Police Dept.

  • 2,001 or more sworn officers

  • First: Los Angeles, Calif., Police Dept.
    Second: Chicago, Ill., Police Dept.

    State Agencies

  • 1-250 sworn officers

  • First: Wyoming Highway Patrol

  • 251-500 sworn officers

  • First: Alaska State Troopers

  • 501 - 1,000 sworn officers

  • First: Georgia State Patrol

  • 1,001-2,500 sworn officers

  • First: Arizona Department of Public Safety
    Second: Virginia State Police
    Third (tie): Maryland State Police; and
    Florida Highway Patrol

  • 2,501 or more sworn officers

  • First: California Highway Patrol
    Second: New York State Police
    Third: Pennsylvania State Police

    Sheriff's Offices

  • 1-10 sworn officers

  • First: Essex County, Vt., Sheriff's Office
    Second: Taliaferro County, Ga., Sheriff's Office
    Third: Washington County, Vt., Sheriff's Office

  • 11-25 sworn officers

  • First: New Kent County, Va., Sheriff's Office
    Second: Franklin County, Ga., Sheriff's Office
    Third: Grand Isle County, Vt., Sheriff's Office

  • 26-50 sworn officers

  • First: Livingston County, Ill., Sheriff's Office
    Second: Tift County, Ga., Sheriff's Office
    Third: Ogle County, Ill., Sheriff's Office

  • 51-100 sworn officers

  • First: Frederick County, Va., Sheriff's Office
    Second: Kankakee County, Ill., Sheriff's Office
    Third: Madison County, Ill., Sheriff's Office

  • 101-250 sworn officers

  • First: Forsyth County, Ga., Sheriff's Office
    Second: Martin County, Fla., Sheriff's Office
    Third: Leon County, Fla., Sheriff's Office

  • 251-500 sworn officers

  • First: Osceola County, Fla., Sheriff's Office
    Second: Will County, Ill., Sheriff's Office
    Third: Hall County, Ga., Sheriff's Office

  • 501-1,000 sworn officers

  • First: Collier County, Fla., Sheriff's Office
    Second: Pinellas County, Fla., Sheriff's Office
    Third: Polk County, Fla., Sheriff's Office

  • 1,001-2,000 sworn officers

  • First: Hillsborough County, Fla., Sheriff's Office
    Second: Palm Beach County, Fla., Sheriff's Office
    Third: Orange County, Fla., Sheriff's Office

    University and College Police
    First: Florida State Univ. Police Dept.
    Second: Univ. of Richmond Police Dept.
    Third: Univ. of North Florida Police Dept.

    State Chiefs of Police Associations
    First: Virginia Assn. of Chiefs of Police
    Second: Vermont Assn. of Chiefs of Police

    Multijurisdictional Initiatives
    First: Avoid the 21, Calif.
    Second: Marion County, Ind., Traffic Safety Partnership
    Third: Metro Atlanta, Ga., Heat

    Tribal Police
    First: White Earth Tribal Police Dept.

    Special Enforcement
    First: Vermont Police Dept. of Motor Vehicles
    Second: Maryland Transportation Authority Police Dept.

    Private Police
    First: Institute of Police Technology and Management, Fla.

    Championship Class (First-place winners from last year's challenge)
    First: Buffalo Grove, Ill., Police Dept.
    Second: Fairfax County, Va., Police Dept.
    Third: Jacksonville, Fla., Sheriff's Office
    Fourth: Naperville, Ill., Police Dept.
    Fifth (tie): North Dakota Highway Patrol; and
    Lake Zurich, Ill., Police Dept.

    Special Awards

  • Clayton J. Hall Memorial

  • West Point Police Dept., Va.

  • First-Time Entry

  • Glen Carbon, Ill., Police Dept.

  • Child Passenger Safety

  • California Highway Patrol; and
    Fairfax County, Va., Police Dept.

  • Impaired Driving Enforcement

  • Fairfax County, Va., Police Dept.; and
    Avoid the 21, Calif.

  • Occupant Protection

  • Port Saint Lucie, Fla., Police Dept.

  • Speed Awareness

  • Kissimmee, Fla., Police Dept.

  • Underage Alcohol Prevention

  • Madison County, Ill., Sheriff's Office

  • Technology

  • Valdosta, Ga., Police Dept.



    From The Police Chief, vol. 71, no. 8, August 2004. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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