The Law Enforcement Challenge is a competition between similar sizes and types of law enforcement agencies. It is coordinated by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and is supported by a grant from DMV: Virginia Highway Safety Office with additional support from private entities. It recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in Virginia. VACP & DMV believe an increase in traffic enforcement and education in a community results in a decrease in motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
The main areas of concentration include efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding. Departments submit an application (usually in a three ring or presentation binder) that documents their agency’s efforts and effectiveness in these areas. The winning safety programs are those that combine officer training, public information and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within its jurisdiction.
The Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge program is run in partnership with the National Law Enforcement Challenge program coordinated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The IACP believes one of the best ways to promote, build, and increase participation in the national program is to establish state Challenge programs. Each state can then conduct its own program and forward the applications received to the IACP to include in the national competition. There are currently fifteen states that have compatible state programs.