What is the Law Enforcement Challenge?

Law Enforcement Challenge
Brenda Jones
Law Enforcement Challenge Coordinator
What is the
Law Enforcement Challenge?
• Mirrored after the National Law Enforcement
Managed through the Governor’s Highway Safety
Funded by TDOT through a NHTSA Grant
Also funded by corporate sponsors
It is the only state-wide Highway Safety Awards
Recognizes law enforcement agencies for their efforts
to improve traffic safety in their communities
Forces agencies to take a hard look at what they are
doing to address traffic safety – and in many cases –
what they are not doing
Why Do We Do It?
• To improve traffic safety statewide
• Because we can in fact make a difference
• Traffic enforcement can lead to other
criminal activity
• To Save Lives
What Should
Law Enforcement Do?
• Participate in the Challenge
• Get serious about traffic safety (if you haven’t
• Make Traffic Enforcement a Priority
1. Establish meaningful policies
2. Establish expectations – enforcement with a
3. Talk about it – always – not just when you
have a fatal crash
4. Establish Enforcement Goals
Application- Page 1
Total Sworn
Uniformed on
Application- Page 2
You must complete entire application
to compete for special awards
You must include separate
documentation for EACH special
award you wish to be considered for
Special categories are different
between state and national awards
Clay Hall Memorial Award
Nationally, Highest Traffic
Safety Award
Director’s Award
Highest Scoring State
Championship Class
1st Place Winner in Category,
National & State regardless of
size participate following year
Application- Page 3
The actual policy must be included – not just an
explanation of your policy re-written. Scan it, PDF it,
highlight it and only include what is needed.
Don’t wait for this to realize
you have a traffic problem.
Application- Page 4
Include a Training Matrix Example:
Officer Training
• An integral part of the Challenge
Officers should be trained in all 3 target areas annually
Utilize all opportunities for training: Schools and Seminars,
Roll Call Training, Video-Based, Training Bulletins, Tests on
Policies and General Orders, In-Service Training, etc.
Document all training during the year, as well as past
training that may be relevant
These videos
are free from
the IACP – call
Officer Training
• How many officers were trained last year in occupant
• How many officers were trained last year in DUI?
• How many officers were trained in speed enforcement?
• How many were trained prior to last year, with skills that
are still being utilized?
• What about other traffic safety related training?
Application- Page 5
Incentives & Recognition
• Saved By The Belt
• Citizens and Officers
• International Chiefs Officers Recognition
• Your own departmental award
Incentives & Recognition
Officer Recognition for Enforcement
• MADD 100 / 200 Awards
Application- Page 6
Public Information & Education
• This is a major portion of your application. This is
where you document all programs that were nonenforcement. This should include:
• Newspaper clippings
• Press releases
• Child Safety Seat Events
• Citizen Police Academies
• Educational Signs
• Brochures/pamphlets/Police website
• Print screens of televised press events
• High School Mock DUI Crashes/Prom Events
• Tell us what you did and how you did it
Public Information & Education
A HUGE part of what an agency should be doing –
as well as part of the application
What are you doing – non-enforcement wise,
to get the public to slow down, not drink & drive,
wear safety belts, use child restraints, etc.?
of course, that there are some really bad drivers out
there who are in need of education.
PI&E - Where do good ideas
come from?
Ask around!
There are many agencies that have won in past years who would
be more than happy to share their successes and ideas. You are
limited only by your imagination.
What works for one agency may not work for another.
International Chiefs website – “Nifty Fifty”.
Work with local businesses
Enlist assistance from civic groups (Lions Club, Rotary, etc.)
Citizen Police Academy Alumni, Explorers, Volunteers
Are you participating in State & National Campaigns?
Get sponsors for your programs
Application- Page 7
• 3 year enforcement data history
Include “Special Enforcement Efforts”
on front of application
Explain what you accomplished during
those efforts
• Did you take part in “Click It or Ticket,”
You Drink & Drive – You Lose, National
Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention
Month, or other State or National
enforcement campaigns?
A Picture Tells A Thousand Words
Tell The Whole Picture
• Include charts or graphs showing annual data
• Do your numbers “add up?”
• Look at your enforcement as it relates to # of
• 5000 speeding tickets for 100 sworn – pretty
• 5000 speeding tickets for 300 sworn – not so
• Enforcement w/a purpose
Sometimes Tactical is Better
Enforcement Should Be Fair
and Impartial…
Application- Page 8
• MUST provide data requested!
Safety Belt use rate before and after
Crash data – speed and alcohol related for each year
Total crashes & injury crashes
Now tell us more in your narrative
Total crash data for the year
Have your crashes decreased?
Injury crashes or total injuries decreased?
Speed-related or alcohol-related crashes decreased?
Citations increased?
How do you measure your effectiveness?
• Just when you think you’ve done all
you can to address traffic safety...
• What kind of effort did you put into
your application?
• Make items easy to find and easy to
• Quality scanning of photos, news clips,
• Just because you are uploading things
electronically does not mean they have
to be plain
How Are Applications Judged?
• Based on agency size (total sworn)
• Categories differ between state and
national programs
2005 – Kingsport Police Department
Winner of 1st Annual (2004)
LEC Police Package Auto
2006 – Winchester Police Department
Winner of 2nd Annual (2005)
LEC Police Package Auto
2007 – Union City Police Department
Winner of 3rd Annual (2006)
LEC Police Package Auto
2008 – Dover Police Department
Winner of 4th Annual (2007)
LEC Police Package SUV
2009 – Wartburg Police Department
Winner of 5th Annual (2008)
Police Package Auto
2009 – Alcoa Police Department
Winner of 5th Annual (2008)
LEC Police Motorcycle
2010 – Memphis Police Department
Winner of 6th Annual (2009)
LEC Police Package SUV
2010 – Bartlett Police Department
Winner of 6th Annual (2009)
LEC Police Motorcycle
2011 – Johnson City Police Department
Winner of 7th Annual (2010)
LEC Police Package SUV
2012 – Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Winner of 8th Annual (2011)
LEC Police Package SUV
Your Agency
Winner of the 9th Annual (2012)
2012 - Chevy Tahoe Police Package
All entries in the Beyond the Traffic Stop award program
must be based on traffic stops by duly sworn law
enforcement officers. Each entry must be signed and
submitted by the observing officer’s agency head or
superior officer.
All entries in the award program must be based on a
traffic stop occurring between January 1, 2012 and March
31, 2013.
All entries for the award program must be received by
Friday April 20, 2013. No exceptions.
Entries and supporting data are the property of GHSO and
cannot be returned.
A panel of judges comprised of the IACP National Law
Enforcement Challenge team determine the winners of the
Beyond the Traffic Stop award program. Winners will be
notified two weeks prior to the state law enforcement
challenge. The decision of the judges is final.
Categories of winners include Grand Prize and Honorable
Mention awards. Only duly sworn law enforcement officers
are eligible for awards.
GHSO reserves the right to publicize the winners’ names and the
details of each winner’s Beyond the Traffic Stop incident as
part of a national and local law enforcement awareness program.
Judging Criteria
• Entries are based on cases that were built because of a stop
for a traffic violation (i.e. seatbelt violation, speeding, DUI
• As well as thorough and professional police work by officer(s)
to solve crime or to make an arrest stemming from the traffic
• Resulting benefit to community, law enforcement, public and
highway safety
Judging Criteria (cont’d)
• Element(s) of danger or risk to officer(s), citizens, and
crime victims; details of how officer recognized danger, took
effective steps to reduce risks to law enforcement
personnel, crime victims, and citizens
• Thoroughness of submitted entry (e.g., simply stating
“See Attached Report” in lieu of completing each section
will not work.) Attachments are encouraged, but concise
descriptions are required
• Nomination forms will be available
w w w . t n t r a f f i c s a f e t y . o r g in January 1, 2013.
QUESTIONS ????????
Brenda Jones
[email protected]

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