CARY – The Cary Police Department has won state and national highway safety awards, the department said in a news release.
Cary placed first in its category in the Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge – a statewide highway safety recognition program sponsored by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.
The program rates law enforcement agencies in the state relative to how agencies addressed issues through policies, officer training, recognition programs, public education, enforcement and effectiveness.
The department will receive the Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge Award at a highway safety breakfast in Tinley Park on Aug. 22, as part of a the Midwest Police Security Expo.
Cary also will receive a National Law Enforcement Challenge award, in a program coordinated by the International Association Chiefs of Police. The award program is the natonwide version of the Illinois challenge.
More than 400 departments applied for the award. Cary also was selected as the 2011-12 rookie of the year, given to the top first-time entry in the competition.
The awards will be presented at the International Association Chiefs of Police annual conference in September in San Diego.
"This recognition is for the entire Cary Police Department," Police Chief Steven Casstevens said in a news release. "This was a team effort and there were contributions to this program from throughout the agency. The bottom line is that our goal is to make Cary a safer place to live, work and drive. We want to get people to slow down, drive sober, buckle up and drive safely. We are extremely honored to receive this recognition from both the state and national associations."