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Snellville Police wins governor's award

The Snellville Police Department needs to make room in its trophy case.

At a ceremony on Monday at the Macon Centreplex, Snellville Police took home a first place award in the 13th annual Governor’s Challenge Awards in the 26-50 officers category. The ceremony put on by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is an annual recognition of law enforcement agences of all sizes around the state in seven categories based on size and specialty.

The awards are designed to honor outstanding achievements in highway safety enforcement and education, and recognize agencies for their approach and effectiveness of highway safety programs, GOHS officials said. The agencies are evaluated for innovative problem-solving in their communities, how they use public information activities, and creating departmental policies that support their traffic enforcement campaign efforts.

“I want to congratulate Chief Roy Whitehead on leading such a dedicated group of police officers,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said in a press release. “This recognition just goes to show how dedicated they are to protecting and serving their community.”