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DPD earns national recognition for traffic safety efforts

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The Dalton Police Department is being recognized for having one of the best traffic safety enforcement and education programs in the country.  

The International Association of Chiefs of Police awarded the department third place honors among similar sized agencies in its annual Law Enforcement Challenge. 

The IACP also gave Dalton a special award for having the best distracted driving campaign in the country. 

“This is a great example of the Traffic Enforcement Unit, and the patrol division as a whole, working toward a common goal,” said DPD Chief Jason Parker. “Their approach was creative, and had positive results. Our officers deserve all the credit for this recognition, and they definitely earned it.”

The Law Enforcement Challenge is an annual competition of law enforcement agencies focusing on traffic safety issues such as occupant safety, speed, and impaired driving. Departments’ efforts are graded by a panel of judges on criteria such as problem identification, policies, officer training, public education, enforcement, and the outcomes achieved by their efforts.  The DPD earned third place honors among municipal police departments with between 76 and 250 officers.

The department’s effort to slow down speeding drivers in town was also met with positive outcomes.  The department performed 118 enforcement details focused on speed in 2014.  Overall, the agency issued 2,065 citations or warnings for speed related offenses. 

The Roanoke (VA) Police Department and Roanoke County (VA) Police Department took first and second place honors in the DPD’s category. The DPD’s awards will be presented at the IACP’s annual conference in Chicago, Illinois in October. 

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