Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office wins national award

The National Sheriff’s Association has given one of its top awards to the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office.

The association’s Traffic Safety Unit Award is for work that the sheriff’s office did in schools and the community in 2011 “to improve the quality of life in Twiggs County,” according to a release from the association.

Among the areas where the sheriff’s office worked to make improvements were speeding, impaired driving and dangerous behaviors such as texting and driving. The efforts included officer training and public information and education.

“The Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office competed against agencies both small and large from all over the nation to win this award, and we are proud not only to represent our office and county but the great state of Georgia,” Sheriff Darren Mitchum said in the release.

Twiggs County showed a decrease in overall crashes, from 248 in 2010 to 242 in 2011, as well as a 55 percent decrease in impaired driving crashes, from 9 in 2010 to 4 in 2011, and a 66 percent decrease in impaired driving injuries, from 6 in 2010 to 2 in 2011. There were no traffic fatalities in the county in 2011.

The National Sheriffs’ Association is the one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the country, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs, with a total membership of more than 20,000.