Friday, August 22, 2014

SMCSO Takes First Place in National and Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office competed with several other agencies throughout the State of Maryland as well as nationally in the specified categories.  On behalf of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, the Maryland Sheriff’s Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office was selected as the winner of the 2014 Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge as well as the National Law Enforcement Challenge. Several members of the Sheriff's Office from the Patrol and Special Operations Divisions participated in this challenge. Most notably, Corporal Kevin Meyer from the Special Operations Division, Traffic Safety Unit (pictured with Sheriff Cameron), conducted over 1,200 traffic stops. Sheriff's Office personnel will be recognized at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference being held in Orlando, Florida and at the Maryland Chiefs Association conference being held in Ocean City, later this year.
 
Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge / St. Mary’s County was judged under the following category:  101 – 250 sworn officers:
The Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) is a way to recognize the excellent work being done by our uniformed men and women.  It encompasses all traffic initiatives, year round, with the goal of reducing traffic crashes that result in injuries and fatalities.

The Maryland LEC focuses upon three main traffic safety areas – enforcement of Maryland’s occupant protection laws, impaired driving prevention, and aggressive driving prevention.  Smooth Operator, Click It Or Ticket, and Checkpoint Strike Force are campaigns that make up a large portion of the judging criteria required.  A comprehensive traffic safety plan, such as motorcycle safety, younger/older driver safety, pedestrian/bicyclist safety, and innovative programs or technologies were also criterion for the award.
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office 1st place
Calvert County Sheriff's Office 2nd Place
Stafford County Sheriff's Office, VA 3rd Place
National Law Enforcement Challenge / St. Mary’s County was judged under the following category 51-250 officers:
The National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) is a national traffic safety awards program that recognizes excellence in law enforcement traffic safety programs. The program provides law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to make a difference in the communities they serve and allows agencies to learn from one another and establish future goals in traffic safety enforcement and education.

St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office 1st Place
Calvert County Sheriff's Office (Honorable Mention)

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