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MCSO places first at FDOT event

Ashley Hunter

Greene Publishing, Inc.

On Friday, July 8, the 2016 Florida Law Enforcement Challenge Awards took place in Kissimmee, Fl., at the Gaylord Palms Resort.

The awards ceremony was held to recognize various law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Florida that had performed their duties with a level of dedication that went above and beyond in protecting drivers and enforcing rules of the road.

The competition was steep, and the event was coordinated by the Florida Department of Transportation's Law Enforcement Liaison program.  During the event, law enforcement groups were allowed the opportunity to present their techniques and the effectiveness of their methods of enforcing traffic safety.

The awards themselves had various categories, such as DUI, seatbelt, special program enforcement and education awards.

Officers from the Madison County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) were present at the lavish event and walked away as winners of the 2016 DUI Challenge Award.

The selections of the winners for the challenge awards were drawn on the criteria of policy guidelines, the training of officers, public information and education, traffic safety effectiveness, traffic enforcement activity, office recognition and involvement in the Law Enforcement Liaison program.

Through all of these categories, the MCSO shone bright and was awarded first place in their category of DUI Challenge. According to the MCSO, the officers regularly participate in similar challenges hosted by the FDOT and have been recognized many times for their tremendous efforts.

As a result of the win, the MCSO was granted the opportunity to enter a drawing for a vehicle and was also awarded $16,000 in challenge points, which can be used to shop for traffic enforcement and safety related items and equipment from a Challenge catalog.

Sheriff Stewart applauds the men and women of the MCSO. This is another example of their dedication and commitment to serve and protect the citizens of Madison County.

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On Friday, July 8, the Madison County Sheriff's Office was recognized and honored at an event held at Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fl. During the Florida Department of Transportation DUI Challenge event, the MCSO was presented with a first place award for their efforts in law enforcement. Pictured, from left to right, are: Chris Craig, Traffic Safety Admin, FDOT; Sheriff Ben Stewart, MCSO; Lt. Randy Jansch, MCSO; Canine Deputy Jared Dewey, MCSO; Deputy Jeff Rosenberg, MCSO; Sgt. Jason Whitfield, MCSO; and Tim Roberts, Law Enforcement Liaison Program Coordinator, FDOT.

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