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Press Release for Tuesday, August 11, 2009

UNF police department garners awards for traffic safety

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102


            The 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 2008.


            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.