USF Police Department Recognized for Best Overall Traffic Safety Program

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2010) -- The USF Police Department was recognized for its traffic safety program during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 117th Annual Conference.The department was awarded third place in the university category for the National Law Enforcement Challenge.

The award recognizes law enforcement agencies nationwide with the best overall traffic safety programs. USF was the only Florida university to place."We're proud of this recognition," said USF System President Judy Genshaft. "It's amazing how much our police do to keep our students, staff and faculty safe, including patrolling our roads."

The National Law Enforcement Challenge is a recognition program where agencies of a similar size and type are evaluated on their overall traffic safety program. The program focuses on three major traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding. Agencies are asked to provide information on their efforts and effectiveness in areas of traffic policies, officer training, public information and education, and enforcement to reduce traffic crashes and related injuries.

"Given the daily volume of traffic and pedestrian activity on, and about, the university, ensuring the safety of the motoring public is a priority for our agency," said Chief Thomas Longo of the University of South Florida Police Department "Winning an IACP National Law Enforcement Challenge Award is indicative of the commitment and professional efforts that our officers perform daily to make our community safe for everyone.”

Founded in 1893, the International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world's oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives with more than 22,000 members in nearly 100 countries.

The USF Police Department is an award winning, accredited full-service law enforcement agency with primary jurisdiction on and about property owned or controlled by the University of South Florida. The USF Police Department is fully committed to traffic safety and actively engages in education and enforcement.