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Press Release for Friday, September 26, 2014

Institute of Police Technology and Management at UNF Awarded $4M in State Funding

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) at the University of North Florida, which offers training to law enforcement professionals across the globe, has secured a series of seven grants, totaling more than $4 million from the state to fund training, new programming and the purchase of new equipment.

IPTM’s online training offerings will be the major beneficiaries of the state grants. The Institute recently built an in-house greenroom for online and interactive computer training programs, and the additional funding will help purchase necessary electronics to best utilize the new technology.

“I expect to see a 10 percent increase in enrollment and a more robust assortment of programs offered by the Institute in the coming year thanks to the state funding,” said Cammy Pucci, IPTM director.

The grants received by IPTM are as follows:

• Florida Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Program: $1.2M—The LEL Program coordinates the state’s highway safety efforts with Florida’s 400 law enforcement agencies. The program coordinates statewide enforcement campaigns and also facilitates some of the biggest agency rewards programs in the eastern United States. IPTM will acquire the program’s nine employees and its associated events, campaigns and rewards activities.

• The Florida Law Enforcement Challenge Program: $1.1M—The biggest of the LEL Program’s recognition activities, the Florida Law Enforcement Challenge, recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in Florida. The program is designed to facilitate a focus on highway safety and maintain consistent high-visibility enforcement coupled with education surrounding Florida’s traffic laws. The Challenge focuses on occupant protection, drinking and driving, speeding and other areas of traffic safety.

• Florida Click It or Ticket Challenge Program: $450,000—The Florida Click It or Ticket Challenge is an annual incentive and rewards initiative spearheaded by the LEL Program. This grant will fund promotional items to market the annual safety belt enforcement mobilization. It will also fund reward items to agencies for their education and enforcement efforts conducted in support of the campaign.

• Florida DUI Challenge Program: $1M—The Florida DUI Challenge is an annual incentive and rewards initiative spearheaded by the LEL Program. The grant will fund promotional items to market the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving enforcement crackdown. It will also fund reward items to agencies for their education and enforcement efforts conducted in support of the campaign.

• Click It or Ticket Comprehensive Evaluation: $324,000—This grant project will fund evaluation activities surrounding the annual Click It or Ticket Memorial Day Mobilization. Observational safety belt surveys will be conducted to establish Florida’s official safety belt usage rate for 2015. In addition, public opinion surveys will be conducted to determine the market penetration of the Click It or Ticket paid and earned media efforts.

• Florida Motor Unit Challenge Program: $300,000—Spearheaded by the LEL program, the Florida Motor Unit Challenge rewards law enforcement motorcycle units for their effective efforts to improve traffic safety in their communities. The Challenge provides public recognition of exemplary motor unit education and enforcement programs with a documented record of success in creating safer roadways.

• Florida 2015 Impaired Driving Assessment: $55,000—At the request of the Florida Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office, IPTM will facilitate a comprehensive evaluation of Florida’s impaired driving countermeasures program. The assessment will conduct an in-depth analysis of the current status of the program and provide meaningful recommendations to improve its quality and effectiveness.

IPTM is a division of UNF’s Training and Service Institute but acts as a self-supporting, not-for-profit organization. The Institute was established in 1980 to provide cost-effective, cutting-edge training to the regional criminal justice community.

Since its inception, IPTM has grown into the largest and most varied national law enforcement training institute in the country, offering more than 400 courses to approximately 10,000 law enforcement professionals from across the globe each year.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.


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