This year, three Vermont law enforcement agencies were recognized for their outstanding traffic safety programs at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) held in Philadelphia, Pa.
The IACP recognizes law enforcement agencies from the United States that have successfully participated in the National Law Enforcement Challenge, an opportunity for a law enforcement agency to document their enforcement efforts for the previous year and be evaluated by challenge judges.
The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, Enforcement, and Safety Division was awarded first place in the special awards category. Director Glen Button accepted the award. The Motor Vehicle Inspectors have worked collaboratively with all of Vermont law enforcement agencies – as well as the commercial vehicle industry in Vermont – to raise the standard of excellence for the commercial vehicle transportation system in our state by educating drivers and company officials and strictly enforcing the laws pertaining to the truck and bus industry.
The Shelburne Police Department was awarded second place for excellence in highway safety initiatives and community outreach in the category for municipal agencies with 11-25 officers. Chief Warden and Sgt. Al Fortin, along with the entire uniform and civilian staff, have worked to develop a strong relationship with the Shelburne community, including local students and parents. In addition, the Shelburne Police Department has coordinated special high-visibility enforcement campaigns with all of the law enforcement agencies in Chittenden County and elsewhere. These efforts have helped to make the roadways in Chittenden County some of the safest in the state.
The Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department received a prestigious 2012 National Law Enforcement Challenge Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police in the sheriff’s category. The Grand Isle County Sheriff Ray Allen and his department were ranked third in the United States for sheriff departments with 25 or fewer members
During the conference, officers attended professional development seminars and informational workshops related to all aspects of police services. In addition, they also have the opportunity to inspect the newest policing innovations provided by vendors in the fields of data, technology, and science.