Melbourne Police Scores Big In Safety Challenge
By Space Coast Daily // June 28, 2014
FLORIDA LAW ENFORCEMENT LIAISON CHALLENGE
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Earlier this week at the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Challenge Awards Ceremony in Orlando, the Melbourne Police Department took second place in the category for law enforcement agencies with 151-250 sworn officers.
The Florida Law Enforcement Challenge recognizes the best overall traffic safety programs in Florida.
The areas of concentration include efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, speeding and other areas of traffic safety.
Departments submit an application that documents their agency’s efforts and effectiveness in these areas. The Melbourne Police Department came in second behind the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to the recognition they received at the ceremony, the Melbourne Police Department will also be awarded $12,000 to purchase new traffic safety equipment to help further their efforts to save lives and prevent traffic injuries in the community.
“The Melbourne Police Department has, and will continue to, proactively address traffic safety concerns within the city,” said Melbourne Police Traffic Unit Sergeant Marty Miller.
“The safety of our traveling public is a priority.” The Florida Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Program is a grant funded program sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The goal of the LEL program is to reduce traffic related fatalities and injuries by working with law enforcement agencies across the state to boost safety belt use, reduce drunk driving and encourage traffic safety initiatives.