Henrico Police Department Picks Up National Traffic Safety Award

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently announced the 2011 Law Enforcement Challenge Awards recipients for the having the best traffic safety programs in the state and in the nation.  The Henrico County Police Division won 1st place in the VACP state competition in its agency size category of 451-700 officers.

This is the Division’s seventh consecutive year winning first place at the state level.  The Division also won 1st place in the IACP national competition in its agency size category of 501-1000 officers.  This is the first time the Police Division won first place at the national level.

The Henrico Police Division’s Traffic Safety Unit and Chief Douglas A. Middleton will receive these awards at the annual VACP and IACP Conferences that will be held later this year.

“This recognition is a result of a total team effort to enhance traffic safety initiatives throughout the county,” said Chief Douglas A. Middleton. “This exceptional police work was led by the Traffic Safety Unit but involved all Henrico Police Division, sworn, patrol officers. The men and women who contributed to this effort deserve all of the recognition for these distinguished awards.”

The Law Enforcement Challenge competition strengthens and supports nationwide traffic safety, education, and enforcement.  The competition targets three major traffic safety priorities: occupant protection impaired driving, and speeding.

The IACP and VACP require agencies to provide a detailed report, documenting their agencies efforts and effectiveness for the entire previous year in the following areas: officer training, public information and education, incentives and recognition, policy and guidelines, and enforcement efforts to reduce crashes and injuries.

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