The Macomb Police Department was awarded Second Place in the Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge for Municipalities with 26-30 full-time officers. In addition to this, the department was also awarded the “Rookie of the Year” for a first time submission and the Railroad Crossing Safety Award. For the Rookie of the Year award, the Macomb Police Department received a $5,000 training voucher from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. The program is supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by a grant administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Division of Transportation Safety, and coordinated by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), as well as much-appreciated funding from private entities.
The Traffic Safety Challenge rewards creativity, commitment and innovation in traffic safety. The program format is designed to encourage agencies to set comprehensive goals, develop positive traffic safety programs, share their experiences with others, and recognizes the best overall traffic safety programs in Illinois. The program targets three major traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, speeding, and impaired driving. It recognizes agencies for the approach and effectiveness of their overall highway safety programs. Agencies are evaluated not just for enforcement initiatives, but for innovating problem solving in their communities, using public information activities and creating departmental policies that support their traffic enforcement campaign efforts. The Traffic Safety Challenge provides law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to make a significant difference in the communities they serve. Winning programs effectively combine many different strategies to reduce crashes and injuries in their jurisdiction.
For more information, please visit: www.iltrafficchallenge.org.