Berryville Police Department Receives 2011 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Award For Best Traffic Safety Program in Virginia

 The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge awards for the best traffic safety programs in the state. The awards luncheon took place during the VACP’s 87th Annual Training Conference on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA.
The Berryville Police Department received top honors in the category “Municipal 1: 1-10 Officers”.
View award winners here: VA_LEC_Awards
Celebrating its twenty-third year in Virginia, the Law Enforcement Challenge program promotes professionalism in traffic safety enforcement and encourages agencies to share best practices and programs with each other. The awards are based on entries prepared by the participating agencies that highlight their traffic safety education and enforcement activities in the past calendar year. Judges award points to the agencies in the six areas that comprise a comprehensive traffic safety program: an agency’s policies and guidelines, training of officers, incentives and recognition, public information and education, enforcement, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the agency’s efforts.
The Virginia Challenge is held in cooperation with the National Law Enforcement Challenge Awards, which are presented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). This year, forty-one Virginia agencies entered the state and national competitions. Thirty-five will receive state awards and eight will receive national awards. National Challenge award winners have been announced by the IACP on their web site at http://www.theiacp.org/NLEC. National awards will be presented in October at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.
Virginia agencies were be presented with their state Challenge first, second and third place awards in each category at the luncheon in August, as well as special awards for outstanding enforcement and education efforts in the areas of occupant protection, impaired driving, speed awareness, child passenger safety, underage alcohol awareness and many more. Additionally, the VACP will announce the most outstanding traffic safety program in Virginia in 2011 regardless of agency size or type — the “Commonwealth Award” — and the 2011 Virginia Traffic Safety Officer of the Year Award, presented to an officer who has gone above and beyond to promote highway safety in his community. The Commonwealth Award recipient for 2011 is the Henrico County Division of Police and the 2011 Traffic Safety Officer of the Year is Sgt. James “Monty” Sellers of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.
The Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards program is supported by a grant from the Virginia Highway Safety Office. Additional information about the Law Enforcement Challenge program can be found online at http://www.smartsafeandsober.org/programs/LEC.
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is a statewide organization of federal, state and local police chiefs and law enforcement executives dedicated to improving the professionalism of police agencies in Virginia.  The Association was founded in 1926 and has more than 600 members.  For more information, visit http://www.vachiefs.org