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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Amherst Receives Award of Excellence

The Amherst Police Department recently learned that it will receive an Award of Excellence in the Silver Category for municipal police departments for participating in the Fourth Annual Massachusetts Law Enforcement Challenge. The challenge is a joint initiative supported by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA) and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS).

The award program recognizes police departments across the state for their traffic safety efforts, which are aimed at reducing motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries as well as economic loss in communities, by combining traffic enforcement with public information and education. The extensive application process was successfully completed by Detective Sergeant Bill Menard and Officer Scott Gallagher.

The Amherst Police Department was judged in six separate categories: Policy and Guidelines, Officer Training, Incentives and Recognition, Public Education and Information, Enforcement Activity and Effectiveness of Effort. The award is based on the department’s 2007 data and accomplishments.

In 2007, the Amherst Police Department cited a total of 2,312 drivers for speeding and arrested 117 individuals for Operating Under the Influence. In the same year, the department investigated 1,016 motor vehicle crashes, 118 of which resulted in personal injury. Of the personal injury crashes, less than 2% were speed-related and less than 1% were alcohol-related. The department did not investigate a single fatal motor vehicle accident in 2007. The low percentage of speed and alcohol-related crashes is a direct result of the commitment officers of the Amherst Police Department have in enforcing traffic laws and ensuring the safety of the community.

For more information on this award, please contact Det. Sergeant Bill Menard or Officer Scott Gallagher via email or 413-259-3000.

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