The Towson University Police Department is always up for a challenge, and now they’re being awarded for it. Earlier this month, the TUPD received one of the top honors in the 2010 Law Enforcement Challenge, which awards Maryland police departments for their efforts in achieving statewide law enforcement goals (the competition was previously known as the Chief’s Challenge). The challenge focuses on traffic safety with an emphasis on enforcement and outreach related to Maryland’s occupant protection laws, impaired driving prevention, and aggressive driving deterrence.
The TUPD received second place in the university category for their efforts in educating students on the dangers of driving under the influence, the importance of using seat belts, and the negative outcomes of aggressive driving. According to TUPD Officer Kia Williams, traffic safety is an issue that effects nearly everyone on campus.
“In terms of law enforcement, traffic safety is one of the most prevalent issues on our campus,” Kia said. “Nearly everyone who comes to campus is a driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian, so it’s important that they’re aware of and abiding by traffic safety laws in order to make the campus a safe environment.”
In the past year, the TUPD’s traffic safety programs have included seat belt checkpoints, Towerlight ads on the dangers and consequences of drunk and impaired driving, safety workshops and tabling, and the use of the TUPD’s Facebook page to communicate traffic and general safety messages.
The Law Enforcement Challenge is co-sponsored by the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, the Maryland Sheriff’s Association and the Maryland Highway Safety Office. College Park took home first place in the universities category.
For more information on the Law Enforcement Challenge, go here.