NOVATO – On Thursday September 17, the Novato Police Department (NPD) issued a Community Bulletin announcing that the department has achieved top honors for its traffic safety program.
Hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout California participate in the annual California Law Enforcement Challenge (CLEC), which is a competition between the agencies to develop and implement the most innovative and comprehensive traffic safety programs in the state.
The competition concentrates on the various departments’ strides towards dealing with impaired driving, occupant protection, speed awareness and specific traffic safety issues unique to the various agencies’ jurisdictions.
CLEC allows the agencies to set comprehensive goals, reach higher levels of traffic safety, share their success stories so others may benefit, and be recognized for their accomplishments. Though some departments are singled out for outstanding achievements, they say the true rewards of law enforcement’s efforts in traffic safety are making differences in their communities by saving lives and reducing the frequency and severity of injuries caused by traffic collisions.
Novato Police Department has been recognized by CLEC and has received the following awards from the CHP Commissioner’s Office:
– First Place – Best Overall Traffic Safety Program among agencies with 1 to 75 sworn officers. (Second year in a row.)
– First Place – Special Award of Occupant Protection among agencies with 1 to 75 sworn officers. (Second year in a row.)
– Commissioners Award 2014 – Bestowed upon only one agency per year, regardless of size, for the best overall traffic safety program in California. (Second year in a row.)