The Polk County Sheriff's outstanding Traffic Unit has been named one of the top three finalists in its category in the statewide "2012 Law Enforcement Challenge" and "DUI Challenge" hosted by the Florida Public Safety Insitute.
In a letter sent to Sheriff Judd earlier this month, the coordinator of the program says: "You are receiving this letter because your department has placed in the top three in your size category for the FLE Challenge and the DUI Challenge. As a result of your efforts in developing a comprehensive traffic safety program, your department made a significant and positive impact in your community by reducing traffic related crashes, injuries, and fatalities."
The agency has been invited to attend the Florida Law Enforcement Challenge Awards ceremony on Friday, July 19, 2013, in Orlando, to find out if it placed first, second, or third within both contests. If the agency is named first place in its size category, the agency will be entered to draw the winning key that starts a brand-new vehicle, among other prizes.
At the very least, the agency will be awarded 10,000 "challenge points" for placing third, which equals $10,000 in money for the agency to spend on traffic safety related items (second place earns $12,000, and first place is $15,000).
The Florida Public Safety Institute hosts several Florida Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiatives such as: Click it or Ticket, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, The Florida Law Enforcement Challenge (FLEC), Florida Motor Unit Challenge (MUC), and the Click it or Ticket (CIOT) Challenge. (source: www.floridalel.org)
"Our Traffic Unit is comprised of two Sergeants, a full-time analyst, and several highly trained traffic investigators who devote many hours to the safety of our citizens who travel the over 2,000 square miles of Polk County. Because of their hard work and dedication, we are often recognized throughout the state by organizations such as this one for our commitment to excellence. I'm very proud of the Traffic Unit for this most recent accomplishment." - Sheriff Grady Judd