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2012 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Presented for Excellence in Traffic Safety

August 27, 2013 | VACP

News Image James City County Police Department presented 2012 Commonwealth Award for Best Overall Traffic Safety Program in Virginia; PFC Michael D. Mittiga, Fairfax County Police Department Named 2012 Traffic Safety Officer of the Year

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge awards for the best traffic safety programs in the state. The awards luncheon took place during the VACP’s 88th Annual Training Conference on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, VA.

Celebrating its twenty-fourth year in Virginia, the Law Enforcement Challenge program promotes professionalism in traffic safety enforcement and encourages agencies to share best practices and programs with each other. The awards are based on entries prepared by the participating agencies that highlight their traffic safety education and enforcement activities in the past calendar year. Judges award points to the agencies in the six areas that comprise a comprehensive traffic safety program: an agency’s policies and guidelines, training of officers, incentives and recognition, public information and education, enforcement, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the agency’s efforts.

The Virginia Challenge is held in cooperation with the National Law Enforcement Challenge Awards, which are presented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). This year, thirty-eight Virginia agencies entered the state and national competitions. Thirty-six received state awards and sixteen will receive national awards. National Challenge award winners have been announced by the IACP on their web site at http://www.theiacp.org/NLEC. National awards will be presented in October at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Virginia agencies were presented with their state Challenge first, second and third place awards in each category at the luncheon in August, as well as special awards for outstanding enforcement and education efforts in the areas of occupant protection, impaired driving, speed awareness, child passenger safety, underage alcohol awareness and many more.

Additionally, the VACP announced the most outstanding traffic safety program in Virginia in 2012 regardless of agency size or type — the “Commonwealth Award” — and the 2012 Virginia Traffic Safety Officer of the Year Award, presented to an officer who has gone above and beyond to promote highway safety in his community. The Commonwealth Award recipient for 2012 is the James City County Division of Police and the 2012 Traffic Safety Officer of the Year is PFC Micheal D. Mittiga of the Fairfax County Police Department.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE WINNERS

Municipal 1: 1-10 Officers

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West Point Police Department

1

 

Municipal 2: 11-25 Officers

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Ashland Police Department

1

 

Bedford Police Department

2

2012 NLEC Winner: 3rd place, Municipal 2 (11-25 Officers)

Purcellville Police Department

3

 

Municipal 3: 26-50 Officers

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Colonial Heights Police Department

1

 
Culpeper Police Department

2

 

Radford City Police Department

3

 

Municipal 4: 51-75 Officers

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Herndon Police Department

1

 
Christiansburg Police Department

2

VLEC Special Award: Occupant Protection Award
Blacksburg Police Department

3

 

Municipal 5: 76-125 Officers

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James City County Police Department

1

2012 Commonwealth Award Winner for Best Overall Traffic Safety Program in Virginia

2012 NLEC Winner: 1st place, Municipal 5 (76-100 Officers)

Albemarle County Police Department

2

VLEC Special Award: Speed Awareness

2012 NLEC Winner: 2nd place, Municipal 6 (101-200 Officers)

Harrisonburg Police Department

3

 

Municipal 6: 126-300 Officers

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Lynchburg Police Department

1

 

Roanoke Police Department

2

2012 NLEC Winner: 3rd place, Municipal 7 (201-500 Officers)

Portsmouth Police Department

3

 
Leesburg Police Department

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VLEC Special Award: Child Passenger Safety

Municipal 7: 301-450 Officers

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Chesapeake Police Department

1

2012 NLEC Winner: 1st place, Municipal 7 (201-500 Officers)

Newport News Police Department

2

 

Arlington County Police Department

3

 

Municipal 8: 451-700 Officers

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Henrico County Division of Police

1

VLEC Special Award: Technology Award

2012 NLEC Winner: 3rd place, Championship Class (previous year's first place winners)

Municipal 9: 701+ Officer

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Virginia Beach Police Department

1

VLEC Special Awards: Impaired Driving and Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety

2012 NLEC Winner: 2nd place, Municipal 8 (501-1,000 Officers) & Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Award

Fairfax County Police Department

2

VLEC Special Award: Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety

2012 Traffic Safety Officer of the Year:
PFC Michael D. Mittiga

2012 NLEC Winner: Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Award

Sheriff 1: 1-10 Deputies

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no entries in this category

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Sheriff 2: 11-25 Deputies

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New Kent County Sheriff's Office

1

2012 NLEC Winner: 1st place, Sheriff 1 (1-25 Deputies)

Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office

2

VLEC Special Award: "Rookie of the Year" Award

2012 NLEC Winner: 2nd place, Sheriff 1 (1-25 Deputies)

Sheriff 3: 26-50 Deputies

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Amherst County Sheriff's Office

1

2012 NLEC Winner: 1st place, Sheriff 2 (26-50 Deputies)

Wythe County Sheriff's Office

2

2012 NLEC Winner: 2nd place, Sheriff 2 (26-50 Deputies)

Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office

3

 

Sheriff 4: 51-75 Deputies

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Augusta County Sheriff's Office

1

2012 NLEC Winner: 3rd place, Sheriff 3 (51-100 Deputies)

Sheriff 5: 76-125 Deputies

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Washington County Sheriff's Office

1

 

Fauquier County Sheriff's Office

2

 

Sheriff 6: 126-300 Deputies

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Stafford County Sheriff's Office

1

2012 NLEC Winner: 3rd place, Sheriff 4 (101-250 Deputies)

Hanover County Sheriff's Office

2

 

University Police

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University of Richmond Police Department

1

 

Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department

2

Military

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Fort Lee Police

1

2012 NLEC Winner: 1st place, Military