Two local law enforcement agencies were recognized during the 17th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards program hosted by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah.
Sandersville Police Department received the second place award for Category 2 for agencies with 11-25 officers.
Tennille Police Department placed third in Category 1 for agencies with 1-10 officers.
A total of 23 different law enforcement agencies were honored during the 17th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards program.
An annual recognition program for statewide law enforcement agencies of all sizes, the program features awards in seven different categories based on department size as well as several other specialty categories and a grand prize, the Governor’s Cup, given to the top performing department among all categories.
“The Governor’s Challenge program is our opportunity to recognize innovative and effective highway safety programs and to thank these agencies for their hard work,” said GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Roger Hayes. “These agencies represent the best of the best and they are making a difference in their communities and across the state.”
“We recognize law enforcement agencies whether they have 7 officers or 700,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “In addition to serving and protecting, the men and women of these agencies are taking active roles in improving the safety of the roads and highways in their communities. They work hard year-round and we’re excited to once again celebrate their highway safety achievements.”
Designed to award outstanding achievements in highway safety enforcement and education, the awards recognize agencies for the approach and effectiveness of their overall highway safety programs. Agencies are evaluated not just for enforcement initiatives, but for unique problem-solving in their communities, using public information activities, and creating departmental policies that support their traffic enforcement campaign efforts.