“We are pleased to inform you…”

There are no better words to start off a letter— especially when it’s addressed from Chief Howard Hall, Chair of the National Law Enforcement Challenge Subcommittee.

Then International Police Association of Police Chiefs (IACP) just selected the Washington State Patrol as the second place finisher for “State Police Agencies of Our Size” in the 2016 National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC).

The winners for the “501-1500 Sworn” category are:

  1. Tennessee Highway patrol
  2. Washington State Patrol
  3. Georgia Department for Public Safety (Georgia State Patrol and motor Carrier Compliance Division)

According to their website, the “National Law Enforcement Challenge is a traffic safety recognition program supported by a cooperative agreement between the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is held in partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA).”

Drunk Driver_DSC5986.jpgThe NLEC focuses on traffic safety issues such as impaired driving and speed awareness. Each year, hundreds of law enforcement agencies from around the country compete in the challenge by demonstrating their agencies accomplishments in six sections (Problem Identification, Planning, Training, Public Information and Education, Enforcement, and Outcomes) to the IACP.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste says, “the dedication and great work of our troopers in full support of our agency’s public safety initiatives continually make me proud to be a WSP Trooper and the agency’s Chief.”

As an NLEC winner, one representative from the Washington State Patrol will receive a full conference registration to the IACP Annual Conference in sunny San Diego this fall. For a full list on this year’s NLEC winners click here!