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Rhode Island State Police Takes First Place in 2012 National Law Enforcement Challenge

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has named the Rhode Island State Police the winner of the 2012 National Law Enforcement Challenge. The challenge is a competition among law enforcement agencies of similar sizes and types. The Rhode Island State Police competed in the State Police/Highway Patrol category for agencies with 1-250 officers.

In March of this year, as part of the challenge, the Planning, Research and Accreditation Unit of the Rhode Island State Police, submitted an application documenting 2012 policies, training, incentives and recognitions, community outreach/public initiatives, enforcement activity and effectiveness of efforts. Each item documented priorities of the Division to include safety belt and child passenger safety enforcement, speed enforcement, and impaired driving enforcement. The application was evaluated by traffic safety and law enforcement professionals. The Rhode Island State Police scored extremely well, both within the State Police/Highway Patrol category, and relative to other law enforcement agencies.

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell will officially accept this prestigious award on behalf of the Division of State Police in October at the IACP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "We stand proud to lead our state toward zero deaths and work with community safety partners to ensure roadway safety. This is a tremendous honor, and we could not have earned it without the dedication and hard work of our Division members, who are out on the roadways protecting citizens across the state every day and night," stated Colonel O'Donnell. "I am proud to represent the men and women of the Rhode Island State Police."

The IACP is the world's oldest and largest nonprofit organization of police executives with more than 20,000 Law Enforcement Professionals in over 100 countries around the world as members. Overall, more than 200 law enforcement agencies competed in the 2012 challenge.

Contact: Major Karen D. Pinch, Chief Administrative Officer Telephone: (401) 444-1005

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police


Release date: 08-05-2013

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