Police announce string of traffic awards

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The Hollister Police Department has won a string of awards for traffic enforcement.
The police department announced it will be honored at Monday’s council meeting for a third and fourth award in recent weeks in the traffic enforcement department.
The awards come a little more than a year after a Free Lance story showed a big drop-off in general traffic enforcement in Hollister in prior years, although Police Chief David Westrick has noted there has been up uptick in traffic enforcement.
According to the full statement on the recent awards:
The Hollister Police Department will receive two awards from the California Highway Patrol tonight at the City Council meeting. This is the third and fourth State or National level Award honoring the Police Department in the last month.
The Hollister Police Department will receive a third place award for their California Law Enforcement Challenge (CLEC) program. The Challenge is a competition between similar size and type of law enforcement agencies for the best traffic safety programs in California. The competition focuses on an agency’s efforts in occupant protection, impaired driving, and speed awareness, as well as a traffic safety issue unique to the submitting agency’s jurisdiction. The statewide competition also awarded a special award for the department’s Motorcycle Safety Program.
This year’s third place award is in addition to a previous second place and third place awards in previous years. The award is scheduled to be presented today at the City Council Meeting at 6:30 pm.
Today’s awards will be the third and fourth prestigious recognition presented to the Hollister Police Department within the last month.
In October, the International Association of Chiefs of Police awarded a special recognition to the Hollister Police Department for the Motorcycle Safety Program. The Hollister Police Department competed against hundreds of other law enforcement agencies around the world to receive this special recognition.
Last week, at the Secured Cities conference in Texas, the Hollister Police Department was awarded the Security Innovation Gold Award for Best Public Safety Project for their use of technology to manage the 2015 Motorcycle Freedom Rally. The Hollister Police Department competed with other law enforcement agencies nationwide to win this award.
These awards reflect the hard work and innovative efforts by the officers at the Hollister Police Department. Everyone at the police department was involved in making all of these special recognitions possible.

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