California Law Enforcement Challenge

Due to technical difficulties experienced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the application deadline for the California Law Enforcement Challenge (CLEC), as well as the National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC), has been extended until May 9, 2014.

To overcome these technical difficulties, some changes have been made to the 2013 NLEC application process; however, this does not apply to those agencies that have already submitted their applications.
For agencies experiencing issues with the IACP online application system, please submit your CLEC/NLEC application by following the instructions below:

  • Download the PDF of the Content and Materials Section of the application. This document can also be found on IACP's website at www.theiacp.org/nlec.
  • Complete the PDF entirely. Please keep in mind that the submission rules remain the same as those for the online application. Narrative text should not exceed 2,000 characters.
  • Email this document and all application attachments to NLEC@theiacp.org. Once the application has been processed, a confirmation email will be sent by the IACP.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Officer Bryan Williams or Lieutenant Craig Hinch directly at (916) 843-3003.


Sponsored by:

  • California Highway Patrol
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    In Partnership with:

  • California Office of Traffic Safety
  • Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • NHTSA

  • California's law enforcement community must set ambitious goals for traffic safety enforcement and education. Police officers have unprecedented opportunities to prevent a traffic fatality from occurring at the rate of one every two hours, and to reduce the number of serious injuries resulting from traffic collisions.

    What is the California Law Enforcement Challenge?

    The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believe an increase in traffic enforcement in a community results in a decrease in motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities and they have the studies to prove it! In fact, no other program or strategy works as well as law enforcement in making the roads safer. The California Law Enforcement Challenge, which is modeled after the IACP's grant funded National Law Enforcement Challenge program complements all the other training and public information programs that NHTSA does to promote traffic safety.

    The California Law Enforcement Challenge is a competition between similar sizes and types of law enforcement agencies for the best traffic safety programs in California. The areas of concentration include efforts to train officers, enforce laws, and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding. The program allows law enforcement agencies to set comprehensive goals, to strive to reach new heights in traffic safety, to share their experiences with others, and to be recognized for their traffic safety accomplishments. Agencies submit an application (usually in a three ring or presentation binder) which documents their efforts and effectiveness in these areas. The winning safety programs are those that combine officer training, public information and enforcement, to reduce crashes and injuries within its jurisdiction. This competition has no losers - only winners, for making a difference in the communities we serve each day by effectively saving lives and reducing the frequency and severity of injuries. These are the true rewards of law enforcement's efforts in traffic safety.

    What's in it for your agency?

    The competition is a friendly way for law enforcement agencies to increase their attention to traffic safety. It provides opportunities for public recognition of exemplary programs (e.g., Nifty Fifty), incentive for continuing traffic safety activities, and documentation of agency effectiveness that can be used in future grant proposals. Every agency has some traffic safety programs, so participation does not require extra commitment on anyone's part. Merely documenting current activity has produced many winners. This documentation can help provide accountability and prove the value of a strong traffic program. Being the winner brings a great deal of positive attention to a department, benefits at budget time and enhances an agency's reputation as a department, which is "tough on crime" yet prioritizes traffic safety. Forward a complete submission by the due date to the California Highway Patrol's Commissioner's Support Unit for your agency to be entered in the California Law Enforcement Challenge.

    How are the Applications Judged?

    Every submission is separated into categories based on the type of agency and their number of sworn personnel. A panel of judges is selected from across the country which consist of independent members of the law enforcement community, public safety, and corporate partners who have demonstrated advance knowledge of highway safety initiatives. Each submission will be reviewed and assigned points based on the judging criteria. The scores are then averaged and a final score is assigned. After all of the applications are scored, the agencies are ranked within their category.

    The top three winners (including ties) in each category will receive awards for their traffic safety efforts.

    First Time Entry: (Local Allied Law Enforcement Only) The Rookie of the Year award will be presented to a local allied law enforcement agency that is entering the California Law Enforcement Challenge for the very first time. All entries, regardless of category, will be considered.
    Child Passenger Safety: Agencies will be judged on their efforts to promote and enforce child passenger safety in their communities.
    Occupant Protection: Agencies will be judged on their notable efforts to promote and enforce occupant protection laws.
    Impaired Driving Awareness: Agencies will be judged based on their notable efforts to detect and apprehend impaired drivers, and to address impaired driving through policies, officer training, and public information and education.
    Speed Awareness: Agencies will be judged based on their efforts to address the problem of speeding through enforcement, public education, and officer training.
    Underage Alcohol Prevention: Agencies will be judged on their notable efforts to address the problem of underage drinking and impaired driving by those under the legal drinking age.
    Technology Award: Agencies will be judged based on their notable efforts to address traffic safety concerns using new and/or innovative technology, such as crash data collection, cameras, speed indicator trailers, total station crash investigation, etc.
    Bicycle/Pedestrian: Agencies will be judged based on their efforts to promote and enforce bicycle and/or pedestrian safety.
    Commercial Vehicle: Agencies will be judged on their efforts to promote and enforce occupant protection laws for commercial vehicle drivers and their overall comprehensive education and enforcement programs for commercial vehicles.
    Motorcycle Safety Award: Agencies will be judged on their efforts to promote and enforce motorcycle safety in their community.
    Commissioner's Overall Excellence in Traffic Safety Award: This special award will be presented annually to the law enforcement agency with the most comprehensive traffic safety program. All agencies entered in the California Law Enforcement Challenge will be considered for this award.

    Special Award Categories

  • First Time Entry: (Local Allied Law Enforcement Only) The Rookie of the Year award will be presented to a local allied law enforcement agency that is entering the California Law Enforcement Challenge for the very first time. All entries, regardless of category, will be considered.
  • Child Passenger Safety: Agencies will be judged on their efforts to promote and enforce child passenger safety restraint laws in their communities.
  • Occupant Protection: Agencies will be judged for this special award based on their notable efforts to promote and enforce occupant protection laws.
  • Impaired Driving Awareness: Agencies will be judged for this special award based on their notable efforts to detect and apprehend impaired drivers.
  • Speed Awareness: Agencies will be judged for this special award on their notable efforts to address the problem of speeding.
  • Underage Alcohol Prevention: Agencies will be judged for this special award based on their notable efforts to address the problem of underage drinking and impaired driving by those under the legal drinking age.
  • Commissioner's Overall Excellence in Traffic Safety Award: This special award will be presented annually to the law enforcement agency with the most comprehensive traffic safety program. All agencies entered in the 2009 California Law Enforcement Challenge will be considered for this award.
  • Technology Award: Agencies will be judged for this special award based on their notable efforts to address traffic safety concerns using new and/or innovative technology, such as crash data collection, cameras, speed indicator trailers, total station crash investigation, etc.
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian: This award recognizes notable and innovative efforts in addressing the problem of bicycle and/or pedestrian safety.
  • Commercial Vehicle: (National Challenge Only) This award recognizes notable and innovative efforts in addressing the problem of commercial vehicles and the overall safety and the traffic laws associated with the safe commercial vehicle movement.
  • IACP National Law Enforcement Challenge: All state entries will be automatically sent to the IACP for consideration in the National Law Enforcement Challenge Program.
    Motorcycle Safety Award: Applicants will be judged on their efforts to promote and enforce motorcycle safety in their community.

    CLEC How To Workshops

    Space is limited. Please contact Officer Bryan Williams or Lt. Craig Hinch with the Commissioner Support Unit at 916-843-3003 to confirm your attendance at one of the How-To's. We look forward to seeing you.

    CHP Headquarters
          DATE:December 11, 2013   Division Contacts: Officer Bryan Williams
    (916) 843-3003

         

    TIME:1000 Hours

         

    PLACE:601 North 7th Street
    Sacramento, CA 96001
    Northern Division (101)
    DATE:November 12, 2013
    TIME:1000 hours
    PLACE:2485 Sonoma Street
    Redding, CA 96001
    Valley Division (201) - 2 Locations
    DATE:November 5, 2013 OR DATE:November 5, 2013
    TIME:1000 hours TIME:1430 hours
    PLACE: Modesto Police Department
    600 10th Street
    Modesto, CA 95354
    PLACE: Valley Division (201)
    2555 First Avenue
    Sacramento, CA 95811
    Golden Gate Division (301)
    DATE:October 29, 2013
    TIME:1000 hours
    PLACE:1551 Benicia Road
    Vallejo, CA 94591
    Central Division (401)
    DATE:November 8, 2013
    TIME:1000 hours
    PLACE: 5179 North Gates Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93722
    Southern Division (501)
    DATE:October 23, 2013
    TIME:1330 hours
    PLACE: 411 N. Central Avenue
    Glendale, CA 91203
    Border Division (601)
    DATE:October 22, 2013
    TIME:1000 hours
    PLACE: 9330 Farnham Street
    San Diego, CA 92123
    Coastal Division (701)
    DATE:November 7, 2013
    TIME:1300 hours
    PLACE: 4115 Broad Street, #b-10
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    Inland Division (801)
    DATE:October 23, 2013
    TIME:0900 hours
    PLACE: Moreno Valley Police Department
    22850 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
    Moreno Valley, CA

    Space is limited. Please contact Officer Bryan Williams or Lt. Craig Hinch with the Commissioner Support Unit at 916-843-3003 to confirm your attendance at one of the How-To's. We look forward to seeing you.

    National Law Enforcement Challenge


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    California Law Enforcement Challenge
    Assistant Commissioner, Staff (003)
    Commissioners' Support Unit
    Building A
    601 North 7th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95811

    Attention: Officer Lanika Lee-Escorpiso
    Telephone: (916) 843-3003
    e-mail: CSU@chp.ca.gov