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Release 12-252 / June 5, 2012

Department Honored For Excellence in Traffic Safety Enforcement

The college Department of Public Safety has been named a runner-up in its category for a Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge Award. Co-sponsored by the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, the Maryland Sheriff’s Association and the Maryland Highway Safety Office, the challenge promotes competition among Maryland police agencies, while recognizing and honoring those that excel in traffic safety enforcement.

“I want to congratulate the officers of the Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety for their commitment to the Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge,” said Maryland Chiefs of Police Association President, Chief William J. McMahon. “Competition for these awards is very tight every year, and the efforts of the department have been key to preventing crashes and the resulting injuries and deaths on our roadways.”

The Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge measures similarly sized and types of law enforcement agencies against each other in specific areas, including efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired-driving prevention and speed enforcement. Agencies submit documentation of their efforts and effectiveness in these areas. The winning safety programs combine officer training, public information and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within their jurisdiction.

“Enforcing traffic laws is a top priority of this agency,” said AACC Chief Gary Lyle, director of Public Safety. “Receiving recognition for involvement in the Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge is just a small step in thanking the men and women who are out there every day, saving lives and making a difference in our college community.”

A panel of traffic safety experts reviews each application and assigns points based on the program’s criteria. After judging, the scores are averaged and a final score assigned. After all the applications are scored, the agencies are ranked in their categories. All judges are members of the law enforcement or public safety community and have demonstrated advance knowledge of highway safety initiatives.

For information, contact AACC Deputy Chief Maj. Cleveland Smith, or 410-777-1190.