The Andover Police Department was among those recognized by American Automobile Association of Kansas recently, for its traffic safety education and enforcement programs and for its impact on traffic safety in the community.
Andover received a Silver Award, the third highest recognition to be given, and was one of seven Kansas Law Enforcement agencies recognized.
It was given because of the Andover Police Department’s “SPEED” program, the officers' extra efforts in Seat Belt and DUI enforcement campaigns, as well as the City’s low number of traffic accidents, a news release said. The “SPEED” program (Specialized Policing thru Education Enforcement and Deterrence) is a special traffic program that is designed to “educate” community members about the perils of speeding, utilize selective “enforcement” to proactively target certain residential streets, intersections and school zones that are identified as having problems, and “deter” drivers from speeding through the use of several measures including drone vehicles, portable radar trailers and a citizen radar checkout system.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office received the Platinum Award and the Arkansas City Police Department, the Pittsburg Police Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office each received Gold Awards, according to the release. The Shawnee and Olathe Police Departments each received Bronze Awards.
"We are very proud of these departments for their achievements and participation in the Community Traffic Safety Program," Executive Vice President of AAA Kansas James Hanni said in the release. "These seven elite agencies were selected from over 300-plus law enforcement agencies in the State of Kansas that went above and beyond the call of duty by organizing projects which would make their community a safer place for motorists as well as local residents.
“These agencies are the best of the best.”