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June 23, 2011 (San Diego) --  A prescription drug abuse taskforce, homeless prevention for students, water conserving landscaping and a traffic school of sorts for pet owners are among the County of San Diego’s innovative programs that won national recognition and the second highest number of awards in the country by the National Association of Counties (NACo).

“The County of San Diego is recognized nationally for the exemplary way it serves the citizens of our region. The latest affirmation comes from NACo, which recognized our County team with 28 Achievement Awards,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Horn. “I’m proud of our entire team of professionals, especially the many people whose work is reflected in these honors.”
The Achievement Awards are earned by county programs that are innovative, successful, save time and money and improve service to residents across the nation. The NACo awards were created in 1970 to modernize and streamline county government.
San Diego County’s award-winning programs represent each of the County’s five major groups: Public Safety, Health & Human Services Agency, Land Use & Environment, Community Services and Finance & General Government.
Among the 28 initiatives honored were the HOPE re-entry resource program for inmates released from local jails; a veteran’s internship program that assists those seeking paid work experience in county government; and a sheriff’s management academy that is a Peace Officers Standards and Training certified program which serves to provide an overview in contracts and fiscal responsibility as well as leadership training and management skills.

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