2021 marks the 22nd celebrated anniversary of the Georgia Governor’s Challenge, an annual banquet hosted by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The awards program recognizes statewide law enforcement agencies in nine different categories based on department size, as well as in several other specialty categories. This year’s winners were announced Friday, October 29, 2021, in Macon.
The Sandersville Police Department was awarded Second Place in Category 2: 11 – 25 officers.
The Governor’s Challenge is designed to highlight outstanding achievements in highway safety enforcement and education. It recognizes agencies for the approach and effectiveness of their overall highway safety programs. Agencies are evaluated not just for enforcement initiatives, but for innovative problem-solving in their communities, using public information activities and creating departmental policies that support their traffic enforcement campaign efforts.
“Presenting these awards is a highlight of our year because it reaffirms to these departments that they are making an impact in their communities when it comes to saving lives on our roads,” said Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Allen Poole. “We’re honored every year to return to this program and let these officers, deputies, and troopers share the spotlight for helping keep Georgia’s roads safe.”
The Georgia Governor’s Challenge is aligned with the national traffic safety priorities of impaired driving, occupant protection, and speed. Agencies are also encouraged to include information about any local issue they are addressing, such as distracted driving, pedestrian crashes, young drivers, etc.
WACO 100 will highlight the Category 2 First-Place Winner in a news feature released on Tuesday, November 2!