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University of North Florida Police Department recently
garnered both national and state awards for its traffic safety program on
campus. UPD was awarded first place in the 2008-2009 International Association
of Chiefs of Police National Law Enforcement Challenge and 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.
“We are very honored to receive this recognition and award from the
state and national chiefs associations. It’s because of the support and
encouragement of the University and the members of this department that we were
able to achieve this honor,” said John Dean, chief of UNF’s Police Department.
The winning safety programs were
those that combine officer training, public information and enforcement to
reduce traffic crashes and injuries within its jurisdiction. UPD had a 29.3
percent decrease in crashes, going from 143 crashes in 2007 down to 101 in
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 and five part-time employees.
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