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Sheriff's office takes state awards
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Forsyth County News


The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has won two statewide traffic safety awards.

The agency received the awards last month during the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Governor’s Challenge Luncheon in Macon.

The sheriff’s office placed first in its size category in the overall Governor’s Challenge program and was given a special category award for motorcycle safety.

“I am honored to receive these awards,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said. “It clearly recognizes our proactive approach in combating vehicle crashes, fatalities and impaired driving.”

According to information provided by GOHS, the awards are designed to commend outstanding achievements in highway safety enforcement and education and recognize law enforcement agencies for the approach and effectiveness of their overall highway safety programs.

Agencies are evaluated for enforcement initiatives as well as innovative problem-solving in their communities, using public information activities and creating departmental policies that support their traffic enforcement campaign efforts.

“It’s hard to express how important the men and women of Georgia law enforcement are to us,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “But the governor’s challenge gives us an opportunity to show these police officers, deputies and state troopers how much we appreciate their daily efforts to keep our roads safe.”

The sheriff’s office will also be among other agencies recognized later this month at the IACP Highway Safety Awards Banquet in Chicago for winning National Law Enforcement Challenge awards.