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2024 Governor’s Challenge

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The Governor’s Challenge Awards will be held October 25, 2024, in Macon.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Governor’s Challenge Awards in 2024.  The Governor’s Challenge Awards is the state’s premier law enforcement awards ceremony recognizing state, local, campus and military law enforcement units for the outstanding work they do in promoting highway safety through education and enforcement.

Application Portal is now OPEN! Application Deadline: May 31, 2024, at 11:59PM

Governor’s Challenge is designed to highlight outstanding achievements in highway safety enforcement and education. It recognizes 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.

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.

The GOHS Law Enforcement Services team is ready to assist any agency with any questions about their application and have a How-To-Guide to help agencies craft a winning application.


                             (Click Photo to Access How-To Guide) 


Current Governor’s Challenge award categories are as follows:

Agency categories


An agency may earn up to 205 points across seven (7) specific areas:
•  Policy (25 points)
•  Training (25 points)
•  Incentives & Recognition (20 points)
•  Public Information & Education (40 points)
•  Enforcement (40 points)
•  Effectiveness (40 points)
•  Quality of Application (15 point)


                            2023 Governor’s Challenge Winners

Category 1: 1-10 Officers
Alto Police Department 1st Place
Demorest Police Department 2nd Place
Boston Police Department 3rd Place
Category 2: 11-25 Officers
Cleveland Police Department 1st Place
Sandersville Police Department 2nd Place
Grady County Sherriff’s Office 3rd Place
Category 3: 26-45 Officers
Calhoun Police Department 1st Place
Milledgeville Police Department 2nd Place
Tybee Island Police Department 3rd Place
Category 4: 46-75 Officers
Crisp County Sheriff’s Office 1st Place
Habersham County Sheriff’s Office 2nd Place
Pooler Police Department 3rd Place
Category 5: 76-100
Dalton Police Department 1st Place
Banks County Sherriff’s Office 2nd Place
Rome Police Department 3rd Place
Category 6: 101-200
Gainesville Police Department 1st Place
Warner Robbins Police Department 2nd Place
Valdosta Police Department 3rd Place
Category 7: 201-500
Hall County Sheriff’s Office 1st Place
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office 2nd Place
Henry County Police Department 3rd Place
Category 8:  501+
Dekalb County Police Department 1st Place
Atlanta Police Department 2nd Place
Category 11: Traffic Enforcement Network
Mountain Area Traffic Enforcement Network 1st Place
Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network 2nd Place
Northeast Traffic Enforcement Network 3rd Place
Coordinator of the Year Lt. Chuck Harrison
Asst Coordinator of Year Sgt. Selina Ayala Garcia
HEAT Team of the Year
Hall County Sheriff’s Office 1st Place
Newton County Sherriff’s Office 2nd Place
Coweta County Sheriff’s Office 3rd Place
Habersham County Sherriff’s Office Impaired Driving
Snellville Police Department Speed Awareness
Gainesville Police Department Occupant Protection
Metro Atlanta Traffic Enforcement Network Distracted Driving
Cleveland Police Department Rookie of the Year
Calhoun Police Department Child Passenger Safety
Crisp County Sheriff’s Office Bike/Pedestrian Safety
Calhoun Police Department Teen/Young Driver Safety
Warner Robins Police Department Motorcycle Safety
Calhoun Police Department (229 Points) Governor’s Cup


How-To Guide

GOHS Law Enforcement Contact List

                 (For more information, contact Roger Hayes at 404-971-0379.)