The St. Charles Police Department has something to crow about.
On Aug. 21, 2013, the pepartment was awarded the Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge Award for agencies in its size category — agencies with 36 to 50 sworn officers.
According to a release from the department, the challenge was created by the Illinois Chiefs of Police to enhance traffic safety on state roadways.
The St. Charles Police Department took first place in the state for agencies of its size, and first place in the Occupant Protection/seat belt category, with both awards recognizing the department for its efforts during 2012, the release states.
“The members of the St. Charles Police Department make safety on our roads a priority,” said Police Chief Jim Lamkin. “In 2012, the city of St. Charles continued a downward trend for the past five years with another reduction in the number of traffic crashes.
“Safety belts have been proven to save lives, and we have made enforcement of safety belts and child safety seat installations an important part of keeping our roads safe,” he said.
The release states that agency statistics and efforts related to the challenge were compiled and sent for review to the Traffic Safety Challenge judges, who ultimately decided the winners.
Judges make their deliberations based on such factors as training of officers, incentives and recognition, public information and education, enforcement activity, and effectiveness of efforts. The release states that the St. Charles Police Department needed to document what was accomplished in each subcategory — occupant protection/seat belt enforcement, speed related, impaired driving, and other Traffic Safety
SOURCE: St. Charles Police Department