As of Monday, March 26, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
In this 2011 file photo, Gwinnett County Police Chief Charles Walters speaks during a press conference.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Police took top awards in the recent Golden Shield Honors from the Georgia Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
The awards program, in its eighth year, is funded through a grant by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. According to a press rlease, it gives the organization an opportunity to recognize the police officers and state troopers who have worked to stop drunk driving and prevent underage drinking.
Gwinnett's police agency was awarde the Agency DUI Hero award in the category for more than 250 officers. According to statistics, the agency made 2,630 DUI arrests in 2011, which also brought it the Statewide Agency of the Year Award and DUI Task Force of the Year Award. All of metro Atlanta was honored as Traffic Enforcement Network fo the Year.
Shawn Mycols of the county police department was one of seven Officer DUI Heroes honored with awards. He is credited with 280 DUI arrests in 2011.
"Since 1982, the number of DUI fatalities has been cut in half," said Barry Martin executive director of MADD Georgia. "This is largely due to the diligent and committed work of our law enforcement community. The Golden Shield Awards are an excellent opportunity to thank the rank and file police officer for the work they do to make our streets safer from drunk drivers."
Harris Blackwood, the director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, said his department was happy to be involved in the award ceremony.
"These officers put their lives on the line every day to protect us from some of the most dangerous drivers on our roads," Blackwood said in the release. "It's an honor to gather them and their peers to give them the recognition they deserve."