Byron police received two national awards recently along with a new vehicle and equipment from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The department took first place in the National Law Enforcement Challenge for municipal agencies that have between 11 and 25 sworn officers, according to a Byron police news release.
The agency beat out 34 other departments competing at this level. The national association looks at detailed applications in the categories of policies and guidelines, training of officers, incentives and recognition, pubic information and education, enforcement activities, and effectiveness of efforts.
The agency also received the National Child Passenger Safety Special Award for its efforts to keep children safe while traveling in automobiles. The department edged out eight other agencies for its traffic safety program.
Byron police also won a 2014 Ford Police Interceptor sport utility vehicle. Along with the fully equipped vehicle, the agency picked up an automatic license plate reader and a 24-inch speed alert radar message sign.
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