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Tennessee Highway Patrol Places Second in 2014 National Law Enforcement Challenge

Monday, November 03, 2014 | 07:22am

NASHVILLE---Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott accepted the second place award for one of the country’s top state police and highway patrol agencies in the 2014 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Challenge at the international organization’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla., last week. This is the fourth consecutive year that the THP has earned second in the overall National Law Enforcement Challenge.

“Tennessee has recorded some of the lowest traffic fatalities on record for the past three years,” Colonel Trott said. “Our state troopers work hard to make our state’s roadways safer, and I’m proud that their work is being recognized on the national level.”

In a special category, the THP also won the honor for Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety by a state police agency for its year-round efforts in commercial vehicle enforcement and education. Last year, Tennessee State Troopers took top honors in the impaired driving category.

The National Law Enforcement Challenge is a competition between law enforcement agencies of similar sizes and types. The THP competed in the State Police/Highway Patrol category for agencies with 501-1,500 officers. As part of the challenge, the state’s Highway Patrol submitted an application documenting its efforts and effectiveness in traffic safety enforcement.

“This honor would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of every Tennessee state trooper.  They are deserving of this recognition, and should be proud to be a national leader in traffic enforcement and public safety,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.  Commissioner Gibbons heads the state’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security.   

The IACP is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization of police executive with more than 20,000 members in some 200 countries.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

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