The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office has again been recognized as one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the nation for its traffic safety program. The sheriff’s office received state and national awards through the Law Enforcement Challenge programs.
The Law Enforcement Challenges are annual competitions designed to recognize and reward the best overall traffic safety programs across the state and nation. The Tennessee challenge is judged by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office while the National Challenge is judged by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Similar sizes and types of agencies are grouped and 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
The sheriff’s office was presented with a second place in the state in its category this year and first in the nation. Sixteen law enforcement agencies across the state received national recognition. The state awards were presented Sept. 6 at the state Lifesavers’ Conference and the national awards were presented Oct. 22 at the National Lifesavers’ Conference.
In the past five years, the sheriff’s office has received three first place and two second place awards nationally, and one first place, two second place, and one third place awards in Tennessee.
“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.”
Kendell Poole, Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, reminded the law enforcement representatives attending the state Lifesavers’ Conference 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.”
“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.”