Awards

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The National Law Enforcement Challenge and Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge are safety awards programs which recognize law enforcement agencies throughout the nation and Illinois for their accomplishments in promoting traffic safety in their communities.  The Illinois program, sponsored in part by the Illinois Department of Transportation - Division of Traffic Safety, is coordinated by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and is open to all Illinois law enforcement agencies.  The national program is coordinated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and financed by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and open to all US agencies. 
 
The Traffic Safety Challenge program is a friendly year-long competition among local, county and state law enforcement agencies. Applications are grouped into categories based on agency type and number of police officers. Entries are judged by a team of nationally recognized traffic safety experts and law enforcement professionals. 

Judging Criteria
Each entry is judged on the basis of policies, training, public information/education, enforcement activity, and effectiveness in the areas of occupant protection / safety belt use, impaired driving, and speed control. Winning programs combine public information and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries.

The Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge 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; in short, to make a difference in the communities their officers serve each day. 

2010 Awards
In 2010, the Buffalo Grove Police Department was recognized with five state and national awards.  In the Illinois Challenge, Buffalo Grove won 1st place in the Championship Category and received two special recognition awards for Teen Safety Awareness and Speed Awareness.  In the National Challenge, Buffalo Grove won 1st place in its size category and received a special award for our Bicycle / Pedestrian Safety programs.

Chief Balinski's take
Chief Steve S. Balinski said “This competition has no losers - only winners: for saving lives and reducing the frequency and severity of injuries are the true rewards. Everyone in Buffalo Grove plays an important role in promoting traffic safety. These are truly community awards.” In 2009, the number and severity of injury crashes in Buffalo Grove dropped to 19 year lows!

Buffalo Grove's Participation
The Buffalo Grove Police Department has been actively participating in the Illinois and National Traffic Safety Challenge since 1994. Over that time the department has been recognized 41 times at the state and national level for our traffic safety programs.  Awards include the Clayton J. Hall Memorial Award (2007) for the most comprehensive traffic safety program in the nation. The following is a list of the awards:
Year  Placement  Program Category
1994 1st Place IACP Chiefs Challenge 51-100 category
1996 1st Place Il. Drive Safe 51-100 category
1996 1st Place IACP Chiefs Challenge 51-100 category 
1997 2nd Place  Il. Drive Safe 51-100 category 
1997 3rd Place  IACP Chiefs Challenge
Championship category
1998 1st Place IACP Chiefs Challenge 51-100 category
1999 1st Place Il. Drive Safe 51-100 category
1999 1st Place Il. Traffic Safety Challenge 51-100 category
2000 2nd Place IACP Chiefs Challenge 51-100 category
2001 1st Place Il. Traffic Safety Challenge 51-100 category
2001 2nd Place IACP Chiefs Challenge 51-100 category
2002 2nd Place Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Championship category
2002 Special Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Judges Award
2002 1st Place IACP Chiefs Challenge 51-100 category
2003  1st Place Il. Traffic Safety Challenge 51-100 category
2003 1st Place IACP Chiefs Challenge Championship category
2004 Special Nat'l Comm. Against Drunk Driving DUI Enforcement
2004 2nd Place Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Championship category
2004 Special Il. Traffic Safety Challenge DUI Enforcement
2004  1st Place IACP Law Enforcement Challenge 51-100 category
2004 Special IACP Law Enforcement Challenge Occupant Protection
2005 2nd Place Il. Traffic Safety Challenge 51-100 category
2005 Special Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Speed Awareness
2005 3rd Place IACP Law Enforcement Challenge Championship category
2006 1st Place Il. Traffic Safety Challenge 51-100 category
2006 2nd Place IACP Law Enforcement Challenge 51-100 category
2007 1st Place Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Championship category
2007 Special Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Speed Awareness
2007 Special Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Bike / Pedestrian Safety
2007 1st Place IACP Law Enforcement Challenge 66-100 category
2007 Special IACP Law Enforcement Challenge Clayton J Hall Award
2008 1st Place Il. Traffic Safety Challenge 51-100 category
2008 Special Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Commercial Truck Safety
2008 Special Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Teen Safety Awareness
2008 Special Il. Traffic Safety Challenge RR Grade Crossing Safety
2008 2nd Place IACP Law Enforcement Challenge Championship category
2009 1st Place Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Championship category
2009 Special Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Teen Safety Awareness
2009 Special Il. Traffic Safety Challenge Speed Awareness
2009 1st Place IACP Law Enforcement Challenge 46-75 category
2009 Special IACP Law Enforcement Challenge Bike / Pedestrian