Barrow traffic enforcers win safety challenge

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The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit placed first in their category again this year at the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Challenge banquet held Sept. 23.

The application was completed and entered on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office. In addition to the first-place award, the traffic enforcement unit was also awarded the Occupant Protection Award.

The traffic enforcement unit completed the annual safety challenge application with a year-long process of compiling data and statistics of the Sheriff’s Office activities. The application involves a comparison of statistics and data to previous years to see increases or declines in activity. All Georgia law enforcement agencies are eligible to enter it in the competition. The categories are ranked based on agency size with first, second and third place winners are determined by judges.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work our deputies are willing to perform in order to keep the motoring citizens in Barrow County safe,” said Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith. “The citizens of Barrow County should feel blessed to have such a high caliber of people working for the Sheriff’s Office.

“The traffic unit will continue to enforce the traffic laws of the State of Georgia to reduce the number of crashes within the county,” said Sheriff Smith.

This marks the fourth year in a row the Sheriff’s Office has placed in this competition and the third year in a row they have placed first in their category. This equates to a total of $20,000 awarded to the Sheriff’s Office over the past four years from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Governor’s Challenge Program. This money has been used to purchase equipment for the Sheriff’s Office and is not part of any grant.