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2017 APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017 by 11:59 PM!


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What is the Law Enforcement Challenge?
The Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) is a traffic safety recognition program that recognizes agencies that excel in keeping their roadways safe. The LEC is designed to strengthen and support traffic safety and provides agencies an opportunity to make a difference in the communities they serve, learn from each other, and establish future goals in traffic education and enforcement.

The Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge program is coordinated by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and is supported by a grant from DMV: Virginia Highway Safey Office with additional support from private entities. It recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in Virginia.

LEC Traffic Safety Categories
The LEC has four categories in which agencies can be awarded points:

  • Impaired Driving
  • Occupant Protection
  • Speed Awareness
  • State/Local Issue

For the State/Local Issue, applying agencies can choose a traffic safety issue that is an identified problem within their community or supports their state’s overal highway safety goals.

What does an application consist of?
The application involves answering qualitative and quantitative questions about your agency’s efforts for each category, including a narrative summary, statistical questions, and attachments for initiatives and policies. Agencies are awarded points in each category based on seven criteria: Problem Identification, Policies, Planning, Training, Public Information & Education, Enforcement, and Outcomes.

How does my agency apply?
The 2017 LEC application can be downloaded HERE. The application is available in a fillable PDF or Microsoft Word Document format. Applications are due May 5, 2017.

What’s in it for my agency?
The LEC provides opportunities for recognition of exemplary traffic safety programs, incentives for
continuing traffic safety activities, and documentation of agency effectiveness, which can be used in future grant proposals.

Winning agencies receive an award at a luncheon at the Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.

How are the applications evaluated?
A panel of evaluators will review each application and assign points based on the established criteria. All of the state and national evaluators are independent members of the law enforcement community, public safety, and corporate partners who have demonstrated advanced knowledge of highway safety initiatives. After the evaluation period is complete, the points are added together and a final score is assigned for each submission. After all of the applications are scored, the agencies are ranked in their
appropriate categories based on agency size and type.

CLICK HERE to access resources to help guide you as you organize your agency’s application, such as:

  • Application.
  • How-To Guide: This document walks you through the process of putting an application together and what the evaluators are looking for in a winning application.
  • Webinar videos.
  • Copies of past winning Applications.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact one of the following people:

Erin Schrad, VACP Communications Manager & VA Law Enforcement Coordinator
Phone: (804) 285-8227; E-mail:

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  • 2007 National Law Enforcement Challenge Winners Announced!
    VA Tops List of Winners of the National Law Enforcement Challenge
    Nineteen Virginia agencies will be recognized at the IACP Annual Conference in San Diego, November 11, 2008 — the most national winners of any other state! A total of 520 applications were submitted to the National Challenge this year, 52 entries from Virginia alone. Congratulations to all the National Challenge winners!

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