Each year the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) and AAA Michigan sponsor a competition among similar sizes and types of law enforcement agencies to recognize and reward the best overall traffic safety programs in the state.
Michigan’s program is compatible with the National Law Enforcement Challenge that is sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The areas of concentration include efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding. Departments submit an application that documents their agency's efforts and effectiveness in these areas. The winning safety programs are those that combine officer training, public information, and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries.
The award recognizes the outstanding commitment the winning law enforcement agencies have made in the previous year to overall traffic safety. There are six categories (small to large) for local law enforcement agencies and one each for county sheriff offices and state police posts.
A panel of four judges reviewed each application and assigned points based on established criteria. After the judging, the scores were averaged and a final score was assigned. After all of the applications were scored, the agencies were ranked in their categories. A minimum of 50 points had to be earned to receive recognition and be eligible for an award.
“AAA Michigan has been a proud co-sponsor with MACP and OHSP of this very important award for more than 30 years,” said Jack Peet, AAA Traffic Safety Manager. The winning agencies received a display plaque from AAA Michigan commemorating their achievement.
Auburn Hills Police Department received a second place award in the 50-80 officer category. They will receive a plaque and a $3000 grant to be used for the purchase of equipment or overtime for traffic enforcement through the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). “The leadership and commitment by our state, county and local law enforcement is critical to addressing traffic safety issues in Michigan,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP division director.
The MACP will again this year send the state applications to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) National Law Enforcement Challenge.
Chief Doreen E. Olko