The Andover Police Department was once again among those recognized by American Automobile Association of Kansas recently, for their traffic safety education and enforcement programs and for their impact on traffic safety in the community for 2012. Andover was one of only ten Kansas Law Enforcement agencies who were recognized by AAA Kansas for their traffic safety efforts. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Pittsburg Police Department received the Platinum Awards, while the Andover Police Department, the Arkansas City Police Department, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Iola Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Shawnee Police Department each received Gold Awards, according to officials at AAA Kansas. Silver Awards, the third highest recognition to be given, was awarded to the Neodesha Police Department and the Olathe Police Departments.
"We are very proud of these departments for their achievements and participation in the Community Traffic Safety Program," said James R. Hanni, Executive Vice President of AAA Kansas. "These ten, elite agencies were selected from over 300+ 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" Hanni said.
To be eligible for the annual awards, a community must conduct traffic safety promotions and educate the public on safety topics. "The purpose of the award program is to recognize the great efforts of these law enforcement agencies, and encourage other law enforcement agencies to actively engage in similar type efforts,” Hanni said. "We're particularly impressed with and proud of the City of Andover Police Department for their achievement of winning back to back Awards in the first two years of the award program, Silver the first year and Gold the second year."
Andover was recognized for their Police Department’s “SPEED” and “SAFE” programs, the officer’s extra efforts in Seat Belt and DUI enforcement campaigns, as well as, the City’s low number of traffic accidents. “SPEED” (Specialized Policing thru Education Enforcement and Deterrence) is a special traffic program that is designed to “educate” community members and deter drivers from speeding in our residential neighborhoods and school zones. “SAFE” (Seat Belts Are For Everyone) is a program to encourage students to wear seat belts and to teach that seat belts can save lives.
AAA conducts a variety of free highway safety programs across the state of Kansas focusing on all age groups. The club also partners with law enforcement and safety agencies on initiatives to improve the safety of the community and local highways. AAA Kansas is a not-for-profit association and is part of a federation of 51 independently operated motor clubs throughout North America with more than 51 million members.
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