Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
University of North Florida Police Department recently won
the Florida Law Enforcement Challenge for the best overall traffic safety
program, beating out all other universities in the State.
The University police officers developed and implemented traffic plans
and programs, which included enforcement, public education, child seat installation,
occupant protection and DUI safety education. The award ceremony was held July
9 in Orlando.
”We are honored and proud to receive
this award, which reflects our commitment to our community and the educational
process,” said John Dean, chief of the UNF Police Department.
Last year, the UPD garnered both
national and state awards for its traffic safety program on campus. The police
department was awarded first place in the 2008-2009 International Association
of Chiefs of Police National Law Enforcement Challenge and won second place in
the Florida Department of Transportation’s Florida Law Enforcement Challenge.
Both of these competitions recognize
and reward the best overall traffic safety programs in the United States. The National Law
Enforcement Challenge had more than 530 agencies in various categories
competing from all over the country, recognizing university police departments’
efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection,
impaired driving and speeding.
UNF’s Police Department is entrusted to preserve the
peace, provide general police services to the University community, and enforce
the laws of the State of Florida, the
ordinances of the City of Jacksonville,
as well as the rules, policies and traffic regulations of UNF.
The police department is comprised
of 29 full-time sworn police officers, eight communications operators, two
professional staff members, six part-time employees and four security positions
at MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF.
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