TOP COPS: LA MESA POLICE HONORED IN STATEWIDE COMPETITION FOR SAFETY PROGRAMS

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July 2, 2010 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Police Department has been honored for traffic safety programs and enforcement efforts during 2009 in a statewide competition. The California Law Enforcement Challenge is an annual contest sponsored by the California Highway Patrol to recognize law enforcement agencies for their traffic safety accomplishments. This year the La Mesa Police Department placed third among agencies with 51-70 officers and also received a Special Award for “Occupant Protection.”

Among the accomplishments of the Department during 2009 that led to the award were:

• High levels of training the officers possess
• Their participation in traffic safety grants such as “Click It Or Ticket” and the DUI Enforcement and Awareness Program
• News releases and education efforts, such as the “Every 15 Minutes” program, and the “Wear Your Seatbelt” video shown on school websites and You Tube
• Enforcement, which included completing 15 DUI details, and over 9,700 traffic contacts
• A 24% decrease in traffic collisions over a two year period

La Mesa Chief of Police Alan Lanning credited the Department’s Traffic Unit, comprised of five officers and supervised by Sgt. Brian Stoney, with leading the efforts that helped the Department achieve these outstanding results and earn statewide recognition.

For more information, please contact Sgt. Brian Stoney at (619) 667-1444 or visit our website at www.cityoflamesa.com.