News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
July 2, 2014
At the end of last year, the Tallahassee Police Department entered the 2013 Florida Law Enforcement Challenge. The “Challenge” is for all law enforcement agencies in Florida and recognizes and awards the best overall traffic safety programs in Florida.
The areas of concentration included efforts to enforce traffic laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, speeding and other areas of traffic safety.
All departments, who wished to be considered, had to submit an application that documented their efforts and effectiveness in these areas.
The winning safety programs was chosen based on officer training, public awareness and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within their communities.
In May 2014, TPD was notified it had placed in the top three for similar sized law enforcement agencies and the winner of each category would be announced at a ceremony in Orlando, FL on June 27th, 2014.
Captain Audrey Smith, accompanied by officer Andy Meresse, officer Zach Lyne, officer Don Poppe and officer Marcus Johnson attended the ceremony in anticipation of possibly winning an award for the category.
TPD is happy to announce they won first place in the category for agencies with between 251-500 sworn officers. The agency received a trophy and a certificate as commemorative for the honor. First place winners in each of the 13 categories were also given the opportunity to select a key that would start a 2014 Chevrolet Impala, with the winner getting to keep and use the car for police duties. TPD's Officer Marcus Johnson selected the winning key and TPD was awarded the fully police outfitted vehicle.
The Florida Law Enforcement Challenge Awards are funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. The awarded vehicle must be used for traffic enforcement activities over the next three years with quarterly reporting of usage to the Law Enforcement Liaison Program.