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FHP Wins Two National Awards

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Major Ken Howes or
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release December 7, 2001

TALLAHASSEE - Colonel Chris Knight announced today that the Florida Highway Patrol has won the National Chiefs Challenge Award, sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Sheriffs' Association. The Chiefs Challenge award is an annual national competition for police agencies, sheriff's departments, and state police/highway patrol agencies from all across the country to encourage maximum safety belt use and impaired driving enforcement, and for what officers do to keep highways and communities safe for motorists to travel. Agencies are judged on their DUI enforcement, speed enforcement, occupant restraint enforcement, aggressive driving enforcement strategies, public information/safety education programs, and other innovative traffic safety programs. Each agency is judged according to agency size and type and the top three winners in each category are selected.

In addition, the IACP awarded the Florida Highway Patrol the prestigious Clayton J. Hall Memorial Award, for best representing, on a national basis, the best comprehensive traffic safety program in the country. All of the winning Chiefs Challenge agencies from each category compete for this special award, which is presented to only one law enforcement agency judged to have the overall BEST traffic safety program in the country, regardless of agency size and type. The Florida Highway Patrol was selected for this distinguished award from over 60 other law enforcement agencies from around the country that won the Chiefs Challenge Award in their respective categories.

The men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol are proud that their efforts in keeping Florida's highways safe for the motoring public have not gone unnoticed. These two awards represent the fact that the Florida Highway Patrol is the top traffic law enforcement agency in the United States.

Judges for the Chiefs Challenge and Clayton J. Hall Memorial awards included representatives from:

Hoffman Estates Police Department (Illinois)General Motors
Fairfax County Police Department (Virginia) Philip Morris Company
Jefferson County Police Department (Louisiana)Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, Inc.
New York State Police National Safety Council
Pennsylvania State Police Nationwide Insurance
Massachusetts State Police Emergency Nurses Association
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


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