Gainesville Police Take Top Awards at Governor's ChallengeThe Gainesville Police Department is proud to announce that it has received top honors at this year’s Governor’s Challenge Awards. The awards ceremony was hosted by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety on September 23 in Macon, Georgia.
The Gainesville Police Department was awarded the Governor’s Cup for its top score of all law enforcement challenge applications throughout the state. The police department brought home $12,000 in cash awards. The Governor’s Cup is the top prize throughout the state.
Additionally, the police department won 1st place for its category (51-100 Officers); Georgia county and municipal agencies place according to the scores they receive in the National Law Enforcement Challenge.
The police department also took awards for its Speed Awareness and Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety. The Speed Awareness award is for educational programs along with press releases, these assist in making the community more aware of how speed management is important and how we are conducting enforcement techniques. The Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety award is for educational programs for children on bicycle helmet safety, how to maintain bicycles, and how to be a safe pedestrian.
The awards are given as part of a challenge to police and sheriff’s departments statewide. Law enforcement agencies apply for the awards through a Challenge Book, there are special award categories as well as overall. The book is graded on Policy/Guidelines, Training of Officers, Recognition, Public Information and Education, Enforcement Activity, and Effectiveness. The book is graded by a panel of judges from all over the country; they consist of law enforcement officers and civilians.
“I am extremely proud of all of our officers for their hard work and dedication to traffic safety. The awards presented to the Gainesville Police Department by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety recognizes our department's hard work and dedication to ensuring our motoring public travel as safely as they canand I thank the Governor's Office of Highway Safety for recognizing our efforts. We will continue in our efforts to educate the public in traffic safety and to coordinate with other entities to ensure we are doing all we can to keep our community safe for our motorist and pedestrians.” Brian P. Kelly, Chief of Police