CPD recognized at Governor’s Challenge Awards Program

CPD recognized at Governor’s Challenge Awards Program
GOHS Deputy Director Jim Andrew and John Papay of the Columbus PD (Source: Governor's Office of Highway Safety)
GOHS Deputy Director Jim Andrew and John Papay of the Columbus PD (Source: Governor's Office of Highway Safety)

MACON, GA (WTVM) - More than 25 different law enforcement agencies were honored Wednesday during the 16th Annual Governor's Challenge Awards Program, hosted by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety at the Macon Centreplex.

An annual recognition program for law enforcement agencies of all sizes from all over the state, the program features awards in seven different categories based on department size as well as several other specialty categories and a grand prize, the Governor's Cup, given to the top performing department among all categories.

The winners are as follows:

Category 1: 1-10 Officers             

1st Place
Butler Police Department

2nd Place
Ringgold Police Department

3rd Place
Danielsville Police Department


Category 2: 11-25 Officers           

1st Place
Byron Police Department

2nd Place
Cornelia Police Department

3rd Place
Washington County Sheriff's Office


Category 3: 26-50 Officers           

1st Place
Banks County Sheriff's Office

2nd Place
Villa Rica Police Department

3rd Place
Snellville Police Department


Category 4: 51-100 Officers        

1st Place
Peachtree City Police Department

2nd Place
Dalton Police Department

3rd Place
Rome Police Department


Category 5: 101-250       

1st Place
Gainesville Police Department

2nd Place
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

3rd Place
Barrow County Sheriff's Office


Category 6: 251-500       

1st Place 
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

2nd Place 
Columbus Police Department

3rd Place
Hall County Sheriff's Office         

Category 7: 501+             

1st Place 
Cobb County Police Department

2nd Place 
Dekalb County Police Department


Campus and University Police    

1st Place 
UGA Police Department

2nd Place 
Georgia College Police Department


Georgia State Patrol Troops        

1st Place- Top Troop Award
Troop H (Peach, Macon, Houston, Dooly, Pulaski, Crisp, Wilcox, Turner, Ben Hill, Tift, Irwin, Coffee, Cook, Berrien, Atkinson, Lanier, Brooks, Lowndes and Echols counties.)

2nd Place
Troop I (Effingham, Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Wayne, Glynn, Bacon, Pierce, Brantley, Camden, Ware, Charlton and Clinch counties.)

3rd Place
Troop F (Twiggs, Wilkinson, Jefferson, Burke, Bleckley, Laurens, Johnson, Emanuel, Jenkins, Screven, Dodge, Treutlen, Candler, Bulloch, Telfair, Wheeler, Montgomery, Toombs, Tattnall, Evans, Jeff Davis and Appling counties.)

MCCD / DPS COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE       

1st Place
Region 1 (Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Fannin, Chattooga, Gordon, Pickens, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Polk, Haralson, Paulding and Cobb counties.)

2nd Place
Region 2 (Union, Towns, Rabun, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Habersham, Stephens, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Franklin, Hart, Gwinnett, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Elbert, Walton, Oconee and Clarke counties.)

3rd Place
Region 3 (Carroll, Douglas, Fulton, Dekalb, Fayette, Clayton, Henry, Rockdale and Newton counties.)

SPECIAL CATEGORY AWARDS     

Impaired Driving
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

Speed Award
Gainesville Police Department

Occupant Protection
Peachtree City Police Department

Distracted Driving
Dalton Police Department

Motorcycle Safety
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

Military Police
Fort Gordon Law Enforcement Center

Rookie of the Year
Banks County Sheriff's Office

Bike/Pedestrian Safety
Columbus Police Department

Technology Award
Fitzgerald Police Department

Traffic Enforcement Network
Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network

Governor's Cup (184 Total Points) 
Peachtree City Police Department

Designed to award outstanding achievements in highway safety enforcement and education, the awards recognize agencies for the approach and effectiveness of their overall highway safety programs.

"These departments work so hard all year and we're proud to recognize their achievements," GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said. "No matter how big or small each department, they've all contributed to keeping Georgia motorists safe and we hope to keep seeing them at the Governor's Challenge awards for years to come."

Agencies are evaluated not just for enforcement initiatives, but for innovative problem-solving in their communities, using public information activities, and creating departmental policies that support their traffic enforcement campaign efforts.

"Now in its 16th year, we keep doing Governor's Challenge to make sure the efforts of all of our law enforcement partners don't go unnoticed," GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Roger Hayes said. "Every day brings new challenges and we want to recognize them for meeting and conquering those challenges in their commitment to highway safety."

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