On September 19, 2017, during the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) 92nd Annual Training Conference at the Wyndham Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, the James City County Police Department received the Law Enforcement Challenge 1st Place State Award (Municipal 3: 61-125 Officers) and the Occupancy Protection Award. The Law Enforcement Challenge program promotes professionalism in traffic safety enforcement and encourages agencies to share best practices and programs with each other. The awards are based on entries prepared by the participating agencies that highlight their traffic safety education and enforcement activities in occupant protection, impaired driving and speed over the past calendar year. Judges award points to the agencies in the six areas that comprise a comprehensive traffic safety program: problem identification, policies, planning, training of officers, public information and education, enforcement, and an evaluation of the outcomes of the agency’s efforts. The department should be commended for its efforts. Pictured below are Office Zach Bowman, Chief Brad Rinehimer VLEPSC Commissioner and Sgt. Thomas Johnson.