A total of 25 different law enforcement agencies were honored today during the 18th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards program hosted by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety at the Macon Centreplex.

An annual recognition program for statewide law enforcement agencies of all sizes, 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 were as follows:

AWARD CATEGORY PLACE
Category 1: 1-10 Officers
Demorest Police Department 1st Place
Tennille Police Department 2nd Place
Remerton Police Department 3rd Place
Category 2: 11-25 Officers
Byron Police Department 1st Place
Cornelia Police Department 2nd Place
Sandersville Police Department 3rd Place
Category 3: 26-50 Officers
Calhoun Police Department 1st Place
Milledgeville Police Department 2nd Place
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office 3rd Place
Category 4: 51-100 Officers
Dalton Police Department 1st Place
Peachtree City Police Department 2nd Place
Rome Police Department 3rd Place
Category 5: 101-250
Gainesville Police Department 1st Place
Alpharetta Department of Public Safety 2nd Place
Valdosta Police Department 3rd Place
Category 6: 251-500
Columbus Police Department 1st Place
Hall County Sheriff’s Office 2nd Place
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office 3rd Place
Category 7: 501+
Cobb County Police Department 1st Place
DeKalb County Police Department 2nd Place
Category 8: Campus and University Police
Georgia Southern Police Department 1st Place
Category 9: Military and Federal Police
Fort Gordon Law Enforcement Center 1st Place
SPECIAL CATEGORY AWARDS
Calhoun Police Department Impaired Driving
Fort Gordon Law Enforcement Center Speed Award
Byron Police Department Occupant Protection
Snellville Police Department Distracted Driving
Cobb County Police Department Motorcycle Safety
Centerville Police Department Rookie of the Year
Cornelia Police Department Child Passenger Safety
Columbus Police Department Bike/Pedestrian Safety
Elbert County Police Department  Underage Alcohol Prevention
Gainesville Police Department Technology Award
Northeast Traffic Enforcement Network Traffic Enforcement Network Of The Year
Byron Police Department (173 Points) Governor’s Cup

“We look forward to this awards program every year because it gives us a chance to give our law enforcement agencies some much deserved recognition,” GOHS Law Enforcement Services Director Roger Hayes said. “There is greatness in law enforcement all over Georgia, no matter how big or small the agency.”

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

“It’s not about who wrote the most tickets,” Hayes said. “It’s about the men and women of these agencies taking an active role in the betterment of their communities and improving safety ontheir roads.”

For more information about the Georgia’s Governor’s Challenge program, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or call 404-656-6996.