Judging Criteria

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    Each submission will be reviewed by the CLEC judges using the following criteria. There is a total of 190 possible points.

    Policy & Guidelines      (20 points)
    The Policy and Guidelines chapter of your submissions must include an actual proof of the agency's policy and/or guidelines for:
  • Safety belt use within the agency.
  • Enforcement of safety belt.
  • Enforcement of child passenger safety restraints.
  • Enforcement of impaired driving.
  • Enforcement of speed violations.
  • The entire policy is not required only the pertinent information. If your agency has no policy for the requested target areas then provide a brief statement saying so.

    Training of Officers      (20 points)
    This chapter in the submission should provide an outline of the training conducted/received during the year in occupant protection, impaired driving (detection and apprehension), speed enforcement and any other comprehensive traffic safety training. The chapter should include percentages of officers trained or recertified in each focus area and how it was conducted; roll call, bulletins, cross-training, formal and informal schools, etc. Most importantly show documentation that the training was conducted/received in the current year.

    Incentives and Recognition      (15 points)
    Incentives and recognition are important elements in letting people know that traffic safety is a priority in the community and to all law enforcement agencies. This section is judged on a agency's recognition of it's officers within the three target areas, and to citizens that practice safe driving. Supporting documentation must be included; photos, certificates, etc.
  • Participation in Saved by the Belt/Airbag programs (state, local, or IACP Saved by the Belt) recognizing officers and/or citizens.
  • Recognition of officers for DUI enforcement (internal and external awards).
  • Recognition of officers for speed enforcement.

  • Public information and Education      (40 points)
    This section is for a department to show what they have done to promote traffic safety in their community in the three target areas. A narrative should explain the programs and activities your department participated in to inform and educate the public. This would include participation in posters, signs, billboards, education pamphlets and brochures, press releases, news paper articles, speed trailers, etc. Law enforcement agencies should also include participation in state and national campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, National Child Passenger Safety Week, etc.

    Enforcement Activity      (40 points)
    The application page should show three years of enforcement numbers for the citations and/or warnings issued by officers in the seat belt, child seat, speed, and impaired driving arrest. In this chapter the judges will look at this section for the enforcement activities issued by your department. This section is scored based on the number of contacts made by officers, promoting traffic safety. This section should also include the special efforts made by your department such as impaired driving roadblocks, red light running, top crash sites enforcement, etc.

    Effectiveness of Efforts      (40 points)
    Judges will consider the effectiveness of each department's efforts based on their numbers pre and post program activities for the year. The use of graphs and charts is recommended to demonstrate the differences. The community and political support of your programs should also be documented to show the impact they have had in your area. Address your traffic program's effectiveness in the following area;
  • Changes in safety belt usage based on the seat belt survey that should be conducted at the beginning and end of the year.
  • Changes in speed and alcohol related fatalities and injury crashes.
  • Changes in numbers from the current year crashes in comparison to the previous two years.

  • Quality of Submission      (15 points)
    How well did you organize your submission? Does it follow the order of the application? Submissions are not judged based on weight or volume, but by quality, accomplishments, and completeness. The judges will consider how much time and effort was used to prepare and organize the submission and whether all the information was provided, the ease to find the information and whether the submission was creative. Submissions shall be no more than one inch thick. Do not include audio/video, they will not be judged.

    Special Awards
    If your agency wishes to be considered for a special award a separate chapter is required for each award you wish to be considered for. Special awards are not given points but instead judge in comparison with other agency that put in for the same special award consideration.

    As an additional resource you can read the International Association of Chiefs of Police "A Step by Step Guide to Completing the Law Enforcement Challenge Application" http://www.theiacp.org/About/Awards/NationalLawEnforcementChallenge/tabid/345/Default.aspx.