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Press Release for Thursday, November 13, 2008

UNF IPTM Director Receives International Highway Safety Award

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

Southside resident L. R. “Bob” Jacob, director of the University of North Florida’s Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM), this week received the prestigious J. Stannard Baker Award recognizing his lifetime achievement in the field of traffic safety.

Jacob was recognized for his 35 years of work as an innovator and a leader in highway safety at both the state and national levels during a ceremony on November 11 at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in San Diego, Calif.

“I am deeply honored to have had the opportunity to work on so many programs and with so many dedicated professionals over the years,” said Jacob. “This award really means a lot to me.”

The prestigious J. Stannard Baker Award annually recognizes individual lifetime contributions to highway safety. Law enforcement officers of state, county or municipal agencies as well as private and public sector representatives are selected for their sustained, continuous, career-spanning and innovative contributions to highway safety.

The award recipient is selected by the Highway Safety Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and is presented in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Northwestern University’s Center for Public Policy.

Jacob’s work in traffic safety began in 1973, when he became a trooper and later an academy instructor with the Virginia State Police. There he had an opportunity to use some of the earliest versions of traffic enforcement equipment at a time when the skyrocketing number of highway deaths was gaining national attention.

In 1984, he moved to Jacksonville and became an instructor at IPTM and over the next 20 years, trained thousands of law enforcement officers from across the United States and several foreign countries in a variety of traffic safety topics. Jacob was later appointed director of IPTM in 2005, remaining heavily involved in highway safety programs/training and makes it a priority to mentor today’s young professionals into traffic safety leaders of tomorrow.

The award honors the late J. Stannard Baker who made significant contributions to highway safety as the director of Research and Development at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute—now the Center for Public Safety—for more than 30 years. Known as the “father of accident investigation”, Baker focused on the causes of traffic crashes and helped develop modern techniques of collision investigation and reconstruction.

IPTM at UNF was established in January 1980 for the purpose of providing quality and professional training programs to municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement officers. Each year, approximately 15,000 civilian and military law enforcement personnel from around the world are trained at the Institute.

IPTM offers a wide variety of courses in several fields of interest, including crash investigations and reconstruction, traffic and DUI/DWI enforcement, supervision and management, crime scene procedures, criminal investigations, drug and gang enforcement, tactical operations and more.