Photo/Story Gallery 2004
Troops G & A Win Big at 2004 Law Enforcement Challenge
Each year, Buckle Up Florida names one FHP troop as Top Troop in the annual Law Enforcement Troop Challenge competition. This year’s winner for the third time in four years is Troop G. This award is significant because it honors the accomplishments of the men and women who serve the nine counties in Northeast Florida: Nassau, Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler, Bradford, Baker, and Union. Excellent work Troop G!
FHP’s ten troops are invited to participate in the annual contest in which they are judged by an independent panel of national traffic safety experts on five criteria: policy, training, public information, enforcement, and effectiveness. The emphasis of judging is speed, DUI, and occupant restraint programs. This year, Troop G came out on top in the areas of seatbelt and speed enforcement. Troop G’s notable programs include their successful Occupant Protection and Child Passenger Safety program, administered by Trooper Dawn Tomlinson, and the troop’s participation in the following: Operation Tailgate, Operation Hardhat, and Battle of the Belts.
Troop G’s public education and enforcement campaigns made a difference in saving lives as well. The percentage of no seatbelt use in fatalities was down in Nassau, Duval, Clay, Flagler, and Putnam Counties. The Battle of the Belts competition, which involves high schools in Nassau County, showed an increase of over 50% seatbelt use among high school student drivers during the specific time period of the event. Also, the total percentage of speed-related fatalities was down for the troop’s geographic area. In addition, the total number of alcohol-related fatalities was down in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Union, Flagler, and Putnam Counties.
FHP’s Troop A received the First Place Award in the Championship Category of the Law Enforcement Troop Challenge this year at the Buckle Up Florida Traffic Safety Awards Banquet held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville on June 18, 2004. The annual event, sponsored by Buckle Up Florida and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, honors top traffic safety law enforcement officers and others from across the state each year.
Troop A beat out the competition, including the Tallahassee Police Department, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and five other law enforcement agencies to win this award! Troop A, last year’s Top Troop in the Buckle Up Florida Troop Challenge, continued its leadership role in 2004 with such operations as Strike Force 98, a cooperative multi-jurisdictional traffic safety and enforcement program that includes 39 agencies in Florida’s Panhandle.
Troop A positively impacted several traffic problems in the ten counties it serves this year, including speeding and aggressive driving, and was instrumental in Operation Spring Break and other initiatives designed to decrease traffic crash injuries and fatalities on local roadways. Congratulations Troop A!
In addition, Trooper Laramie Battle (Troop A) was a Second Place Winner for Traffic Safety and Occupant Protection for his education and outreach efforts in his local community.
Congratulations to all the men and women in Troops G and A for all their hard work and for winning these prestigious awards!