Presentation on theme: "Tennessee Law Enforcement Challenge Workshop Brenda Jones Law Enforcement Challenge Coordinator."— Presentation transcript:
Tennessee Law Enforcement Challenge Workshop Brenda Jones Law Enforcement Challenge Coordinator
What is the Law Enforcement Challenge? Mirrored after the National Law Enforcement Challenge Managed through the Governors Highway Safety Office Funded by TDOT through a NHTSA Grant Also funded by corporate sponsors It is the only state-wide Highway Safety Awards program. Recognizes law enforcement agencies for their efforts to improve traffic safety in their communities Forces agencies to take a hard look at what they are doing to address traffic safety – and in many cases – what they are not doing
Why Do We Do It? To improve traffic safety statewide Because we can in fact make a difference Traffic enforcement can lead to other criminal activity To Save Lives
What Should Law Enforcement Do? Participate in the Challenge Get serious about traffic safety (if you havent already) Make Traffic Enforcement a Priority 1. Establish meaningful policies 2. Establish expectations – enforcement with a purpose 3. Talk about it – always – not just when you have a fatal crash 4. Establish Enforcement Goals
Application- Page 1 Total Sworn vs Uniformed on Street?
Application- Page 2 You must complete entire application to compete for special awards You must include separate documentation for EACH special award you wish to be considered for Special categories are different between state and national awards Clay Hall Memorial Award Nationally, Highest Traffic Safety Award Directors Award Highest Scoring State Application Championship Class – 1st Place Winner in Category, National & State regardless of size participate following year
Application- Page 3 The actual policy must be included – not just an explanation of your policy re-written. Scan it, PDF it, highlight it and only include what is needed.
Dont wait for this to realize you have a traffic problem.
Application- Page 4
Include a Training Matrix Example:
Officer Training An integral part of the Challenge Officers should be trained in all 3 target areas annually Utilize all opportunities for training: Schools and Seminars, Roll Call Training, Video-Based, Training Bulletins, Tests on Policies and General Orders, In-Service Training, etc. Document all training during the year, as well as past training that may be relevant These videos are free from the IACP – call THE-IACP
Officer Training How many officers were trained last year in occupant protection? How many officers were trained last year in DUI? How many officers were trained in speed enforcement? How many were trained prior to last year, with skills that are still being utilized? What about other traffic safety related training? DOCUMENT! DOCUMENT! DOCUMENT!
Application- Page 5
Incentives & Recognition Saved By The Belt Saved By The Belt Citizens and Officers International Chiefs Officers Recognition Your own departmental award
Public Information & Education This is a major portion of your application. This is where you document all programs that were non- enforcement. This should include: Newspaper clippings Press releases Child Safety Seat Events Citizen Police Academies Educational Signs Brochures/pamphlets/Police website Print screens of televised press events High School Mock DUI Crashes/Prom Events Tell us what you did and how you did it
Public Information & Education A HUGE part of what an agency should be doing – as well as part of the application What are you doing – non-enforcement wise, to get the public to slow down, not drink & drive, wear safety belts, use child restraints, etc.?
Understanding, of course, that there are some really bad drivers out there who are in need of education.
PI&E - Where do good ideas come from? Ask around! There are many agencies that have won in past years who would be more than happy to share their successes and ideas. You are limited only by your imagination. What works for one agency may not work for another. International Chiefs website – Nifty Fifty. Work with local businesses Enlist assistance from civic groups (Lions Club, Rotary, etc.) Citizen Police Academy Alumni, Explorers, Volunteers Are you participating in State & National Campaigns? Get sponsors for your programs
Application- Page 7
ENFORCEMENT 3 year enforcement data history Include Special Enforcement Efforts on front of application Explain what you accomplished during those efforts Did you take part in Click It or Ticket, You Drink & Drive – You Lose, National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month, or other State or National enforcement campaigns?
ENFORCEMENT A Picture Tells A Thousand Words
ENFORCEMENT Tell The Whole Picture Include charts or graphs showing annual data Do your numbers add up? Look at your enforcement as it relates to # of officers speeding tickets for 100 sworn – pretty good 5000 speeding tickets for 300 sworn – not so good Enforcement w/a purpose
ENFORCEMENT Sometimes Tactical is Better
Enforcement Should Be Fair and Impartial…
Application- Page 8
EFFECTIVENESS MUST provide data requested! Safety Belt use rate before and after Crash data – speed and alcohol related for each year Total crash data for the year Total crashes & injury crashes Now tell us more in your narrative Have your crashes decreased? Injury crashes or total injuries decreased? Speed-related or alcohol-related crashes decreased? Citations increased? How do you measure your effectiveness?
EFFECTIVENESS Just when you think youve done all you can to address traffic safety...
QUALITY OF SUBMISSION What kind of effort did you put into your application? Make items easy to find and easy to read Quality scanning of photos, news clips, etc. Just because you are uploading things electronically does not mean they have to be plain
How Are Applications Judged? Based on agency size (total sworn) Categories differ between state and national programs ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY MAY 1st
WHATS IN IT FOR ME!
2005 – Kingsport Police Department Winner of 1 st Annual (2004) LEC Police Package Auto
2006 – Winchester Police Department Winner of 2 nd Annual (2005) LEC Police Package Auto
2007 – Union City Police Department Winner of 3 rd Annual (2006) LEC Police Package Auto
2008 – Dover Police Department Winner of 4 th Annual (2007) LEC Police Package SUV
2009 – Wartburg Police Department Winner of 5 th Annual (2008) Police Package Auto
2009 – Alcoa Police Department Winner of 5 th Annual (2008) LEC Police Motorcycle
2010 – Memphis Police Department Winner of 6 th Annual (2009) LEC Police Package SUV
2010 – Bartlett Police Department Winner of 6 th Annual (2009) LEC Police Motorcycle
2011 – Johnson City Police Department Winner of 7 th Annual (2010) LEC Police Package SUV
2012 – Fayette County Sheriffs Office Winner of 8 th Annual (2011) LEC Police Package SUV
Your Agency Winner of the 9 th Annual (2012) Chevy Tahoe Police Package
BEYOND THE TRAFFIC STOP All entries in the Beyond the Traffic Stop award program must be based on traffic stops by duly sworn law enforcement officers. Each entry must be signed and submitted by the observing officers agency head or superior officer. All entries in the award program must be based on a traffic stop occurring between January 1, 2012 and March 31, All entries for the award program must be received by Friday April 20, No exceptions.
Entries and supporting data are the property of GHSO and cannot be returned. A panel of judges comprised of the IACP National Law Enforcement Challenge team determine the winners of the Beyond the Traffic Stop award program. Winners will be notified two weeks prior to the state law enforcement challenge. The decision of the judges is final. Categories of winners include Grand Prize and Honorable Mention awards. Only duly sworn law enforcement officers are eligible for awards.
Judging Criteria Beyond the Traffic Stop GHSO reserves the right to publicize the winners names and the details of each winners Beyond the Traffic Stop incident as part of a national and local law enforcement awareness program. Entries are based on cases that were built because of a stop for a traffic violation (i.e. seatbelt violation, speeding, DUI etc.) As well as thorough and professional police work by officer(s) to solve crime or to make an arrest stemming from the traffic stop Resulting benefit to community, law enforcement, public and highway safety (Contd)
Judging Criteria (contd) Element(s) of danger or risk to officer(s), citizens, and crime victims; details of how officer recognized danger, took effective steps to reduce risks to law enforcement personnel, crime victims, and citizens Thoroughness of submitted entry (e.g., simply stating See Attached Report in lieu of completing each section will not work.) Attachments are encouraged, but concise descriptions are required Nomination forms will be available in January 1,