On May 30, 2012 Annapolis Police Department received the 2011 Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge Award from the Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC). Annapolis Police won first place among municipalities with 100 or more police officers. The Maryland LEC focuses on three areas of traffic safety: seatbelt enforcement, aggressive driving, and impaired driving. The LEC considers department’s educational and media outreach as well as enforcement in deciding the award.
This LEC initiative, Click It or Ticket, was held in May 2011. Annapolis officers wrote 468 seatbelt violation citations. There were also 37 arrests made: 14 for driving while suspended or revoked, 8 for driving without a license, 4 for driving while impaired, 4 for open warrants, and 7 for CDS violations.
The aggressive driving initiative, Smooth Operator, was held during June, July, August, and September 2011. Annapolis officers wrote 562 aggressive driving related citations. A total of 111 arrests were made: including 35 for driving while suspended or revoked, 33 for driving without a license, 24 for driving while impaired, 16 for open warrants, and 3 for leaving the scene of a traffic accident.
The impaired driving initiative, Checkpoint Strikeforce, was held throughout 2011. Officers arrested 163 people for driving while impaired.
Three Annapolis officers stood out for their performance during the initiatives and were recognized at the Maryland LEC Awards Luncheon. Officer Wang wrote 106 seatbelt citations, Officer O’Herlihy wrote 134 aggressive driving related citations, and Officer Davis made 32 arrests for driving while impaired. Officer Mioduszewski of the Traffic Unit also deserves special recognition for submitting the winning application to the Maryland LEC for the department.
“We are in the business of protecting lives,” said Chief Michael Pristoop. “It is our responsibility to remove impaired and dangerous drivers from the road and encourage the use of seat belts. The men and women of the Annapolis Police Department readily accept this responsibility and are committed to enforcing the traffic laws of this state. I commend all of our officers for their hard work during these initiatives.”
The Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge is co-sponsored by the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA), the Maryland Sheriff’s Association (MSA), and the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO).