Georgia Governor's Challenge

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                               2017 OVERVIEW

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is hosting the annual Governor’s Challenge Awards banquet to recognize statewide law enforcement agencies in seven different categories based on department size, as well as in several other specialty categories.

The awards program was designed to highlight outstanding achievements in highway safety enforcement and education. They recognize agencies for the approach and effectiveness of their overall highway safety programs. Agencies are evaluated not just for enforcement initiatives, but for innovative problem-solving in their communities, using public information activities and creating departmental policies that support their traffic enforcement campaign efforts.

Winners of the Georgia Governor’s Challenge will be announced at the 2017 Governor’s Challenge Banquet on August 23rd in Savannah (in conjunction with the 2017 Highway Safety Conference).

Click HERE for a list of last year's winners.

APPLICATION PROCESS

(For more information, email Roger Hayes at rhayes@gohs.ga.gov or call 404-656-6996.)

**DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 11:59PM ON MAY 19, 2017**

This year's application process has been revised. Please read all information below for details:

The Georgia Governor’s Challenge is aligned with the national traffic safety priorities of impaired driving, occupant protection, and speed.  Agencies are also encouraged to include information about any local issue you are addressing, such as distracted driving, pedestrian crashes, young drivers, etc.

There are multiple divisions within the Municipal, Sheriff, and Department of Public Safety categories based on agency size. The number of agency categories will be determined from the spread of agency sizes submitted for those three categories AFTER the application process closes.

AGENCY CATEGORIES

SPECIAL AWARD CONSIDERATIONS

Municipal

First Time Entry “Rookie Award”

Sheriff

Occupant Protection

State Patrol

Impaired Driving

Motor Carrier Compliance

Speed Awareness

College/University

Child Passenger Safety

Military Police

Underage Alcohol Prevention

 Regional Enforcement Efforts

Technology

 

Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety

 

Motorcycle Safety

 

Distracted Driving

 

HOW TO APPLY

The first step is to download and read the How-To-Guide. This guide is designed to assist you in assembling an application for the Challenge. These simple recommendations will make it easier for evaluators to locate the necessary information, thus giving your application an edge that could make a winning difference. The guide is your friend!

The application should document your agency’s overall traffic safety efforts in the areas of impaired driving, occupant protection, speeding, distracted driving and any other local traffic safety issues.

To begin your application, visit http://gagovernorschallenge.com/user. Your username will be the same that you use for the GA Reporting website.  The password may be different. If it doesn’t work after 2 attempts, email jdpowell@tntech.edu.

After you have your account, you can access the application by visiting http://gagovernorschallenge.com/ga-governors-challenge-2016-17 or clicking the “Georgia Governor’s Challenge” link in the menu. Throughout the application, there is a “Save Draft” option that will save your current work.  Make sure to save your draft after every page.

CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

An agency may earn up to 190 points across seven (7) specific categories:

  Policy (20 points)
•  Training (20 points)
•  Incentives & Recognition (15 points)
•  Public Information & Education (40 points)
•  Enforcement (40 points)
•  Effectiveness (40 points)
•  Quality of Application (15 points)

Additional guidelines for the Special Awards can be found in the How-To Guide referenced above.

RESOURCES

How-To Guide

GOHS Law Enforcement Contact List