The Camillus Police Department has been awarded third place in the 2007 International Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Challenge.
The IACP selected the winners from over 540 municipalities from all over the country. The CPD and the Cornell University Police were the only two agencies from New York State that were given the award.
"It's a big deal for [the department] to be recognized for this," said Captain Steve Rotunno. "We've won awards at the state level, but we've been trying for a long time to be recognized by the IACP."
The CPD came in second place on the New York State level thanks in part to its traffic safety program. The state then forwarded the winners to the IACP, who selected the winners after a comprehensive review. Municipalities were judged based on policy statutes, training, public information and education, enforcement actions, effectiveness of efforts and recognition.
The CPD finished second in 2006, and won best in state for 2005. The department has been competing in the law enforcement challenge since 1998. This is the first recognition on an international level for the department.
Rotunno said the decision was most likely based on several programs that the CPD has implemented. Stop DWI, Buckle Up New York, Operation Safe Stop, The Heat is On Safe Driving Campaign and Operation Eagle Eyes are just a few of the initiatives mentioned.
Camillus Police Chief Thomas Winn will be receiving the award on behalf of the CPD at the 2007 IACP conference and Highway Safety Awards ceremony in New Orleans Louisiana on Oct. 16.
The CPD issued 5,455 traffic tickets and had a seatbelt compliance rate of 95.25 percent in 2006.