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Officer Traffic Safety Award Finalist

ORANGE COUNTY (CA) SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

2016 Officer Traffic Safety Award Finalist

Orange County (CA) Sheriff’s Department (3,800 sworn)

In 2014, the Orange County California Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) launched a traffic safety campaign called “For Your Partners, For Your Family.” The campaign focused on seat belt usage, minimizing distracted driving, and speed appropriate for the situation. OCSO created a video featuring a deputy who had been in a crash while not wearing a seat belt and where unsafe speed also played a role. The office placed wrecked cruisers displaying the Campaign logo on them, at the entrance to every station.

The department also created video of a deputy as he receives a priority assignment, but before he reaches for the lights and siren switch’ the image of his daughter appears in the passenger seat and reminds him to wear his seat belt. The office also created posters, magnets, and stickers as a part of the campaign. Recent data collected revealed that collisions were down from 62 in the second quarter of 2015 to 38 in the third quarter of 2015, a 39% decrease. Additionally, the data showed that 100% of Deputies involved in collisions in the third quarter were wearing their seat belt.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

2016 Officer Traffic Safety Award Finalist

In 2015, Ohio Department of Public Safety banded together with the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association in an effort to train every department in Ohio on the Below 100 tenets of safety. Together, the group produced their own traffic safety video featuring various law enforcement officers from Ohio who had experienced a crash or other safety related incident that they lived to tell about.

With the State Police taking the lead, municipal officers, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers collaborated to conduct the trainings together at no cost. Through Mutual Aid Agreements, other agencies would come to the jurisdiction where the training was being held to cover the assignments of officers that were on leave attending the training. With assistance from Nationwide insurance and the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, funding was provided for instructors to travel outside their jurisdictions to teach the program. More than 2,500 officers have received the training.

While there was no immediate data to show how effective the training has been, it should also be noted that the state of Ohio has not had a fatal traffic related law enforcement fatality since it began.

Officer Traffic Safety Finalist

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