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Arlington Hts. Police Department takes first prize

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Submitted by the village of Arlington Heights

The Arlington Heights Police Department has been awarded first place in the 2012 National Law Enforcement Challenge for municipal police departments having 101-200 sworn officers, by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Law Enforcement Challenge is a national highway safety competition designed to recognize exemplary traffic safety programs and to encourage departments to prioritize education and enforcement activities in the target areas of impaired driving, occupant protection and speed enforcement.

Agencies compete against other agencies nationwide and are judged by a panel of their peers, traffic safety and law enforcement professionals. The various categories evaluated by the panel include a department's policy statements, training, public information and education efforts, enforcement activity, and program effectiveness.

Earlier this year, the department was awarded first place among Illinois police departments, by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Department will be recognized for its achievements at the following events:

• Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge Awards Luncheon, Aug. 21, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park.

• National Law Enforcement Challenge, Oct. 22 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Philadelphia.

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