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What is the Chiefs Challenge Program?
The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Challenge (Chiefs Challenge) is a competition between similar size and types of law enforcement agencies within Oklahoma. It recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in the State. Areas to be scored include efforts to enforce traffic laws and to educate the public about occupant protection and child restraints, impaired driving, speeding and motorcycle safety issues. The winning programs are those that successfully combine officer training, public awareness, and enforcement strategies to reduce crashes and injuries within their respective jurisdictions. This program is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, administered by the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police.
Why conduct this challenge?
Research has shown that a focus on traffic enforcement in a community results in a decrease in motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities. Data gathered during the application process can be valuable to a department's resource management, grant applications and positive press.
What’s in it for my department?
This competition is a unique way for law enforcement agencies to increase public awareness of traffic issues. It provides opportunities for recognition of exemplary programs, incentives for continuing traffic safety activities and documentation of department effectiveness that can be used in future grant proposals. This documentation can help provide accountability and garner strong citizen support. Most departments conduct some traffic safety programs; merely documenting those efforts could produce a winning entry.
How are the applications scored?
Once an application is received, the data will be entered into a standardized formulated spreadsheet for scoring purposes. This application has a total of 200 possible points. Please review the instruction manual before completing the application. The manual explains each section and indicates the maximum number of points that can be assigned. After scoring, each department is ranked within its category (type of agency and number of officers). The annual application period begins January 1 and continues through April 1. Winning departments will be recognized at the annual OACP State Conference.
For more information on the Challenge, visit www.THEOACP.org.