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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • The ND 2014 Occupant Protection Award goes to the Devils Lake Police Department

  • The North Dakota Department of Transportation, Safety Division, recognizes outstanding service to the communities throughout the state of North Dakota in the area of occupant protection.
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  • The North Dakota Department of Transportation, Safety Division, recognizes outstanding service to the communities throughout the state of North Dakota in the area of occupant protection.
    This award allows the Safety Division to honor an agency that has made a difference in their community.  The recipients of this award have demonstrated contributions to the Safety Division and have exceeded or gone beyond that which is generally accepted as being part of their responsibility.  
    The Traffic Safety office reviewed the past documentations during the Occupant Protection High Visibility Enforcement campaigns and the contributions that the agency has done between the campaigns to determine the winner of this award.
    This year's police department winner is:  Devils Lake Police Department
    The Devils Lake Police Department is honored for their work with Occupant Protection. 
    They have gone above and beyond with promoting Occupant Protection throughout the year.
    •    Out of 3587 traffic stops Devils Lake PD wrote 245 seat belt citations, 39 CPS, 715 speeding, 120 DUI arrests and 2468 other traffic citations.
    •    Safety presentations are given throughout various elementary schools and major department stores involving sworn officers
    •    Children interact with officers, ask questions and observe department equipment and patrol vehicles used to enforce seat belt violations
    •    Consistent contacts with the local radio and newspaper to inform the public of increased law enforcement efforts
    •    An officer is a TOPS trainer (Traffic Occupant Protection Strategies)
    Devils Lake Police Department's exceptional and dedicated officers committed to educating the public on seat belt enforcement, occupant protection education and overall public safety.  These officers are committed to keeping the public safe in their community.
    Devils Lake Police Chief Keith Schroeder was on hand earlier this week to receive this award for the second year in a row for the department.
    He said, “This award comes because of the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the department and their dedication to traffic safety and enforcement throughout the year.”
    The DOT funds enforcement for special times and dates, but according to Schroeder the Devils Lake Department takes education and enforcement seriously throughout the year, not just at those certain times.

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