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Martinsburg Cops win national award

December 27, 2001

Martinsburg Cops win national award



By KEVIN VERZICH / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


The Martinsburg Police Department has been honored with a special award recognizing the force's commitment to traffic safety.

Barb Orlando, coordinator for the Eastern Panhandle Safe Community Program, said the award was given by the national Automobile Association of America and recognizes police departments for outstanding efforts made to help make communities safer.

Orlando's Safe Community program works with the Martinsburg Police Department in the staging and planning of its safety programs and events.

JJ Miller, safety advisor at AAA West Penn/West Virginia/South Central Ohio said the Martinsburg Police Department received a Gold award, the second highest award given to police departments in the nation by the AAA.

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Several departments throughout the state received awards, Miller said. However, only Martinsburg received the Gold award.

"I can't stress enough, how proud AAA is of these outstanding departments who have gone beyond their strenuous daily job demands to promote traffic safety in their communities," Miller said.

"Making their communities a safer place is clearly a goal established by those officers," Miller said.

To be eligible for the annual awards, a community must conduct traffic safety education, enforcement or emergency medical care programs or implement safety-related engineering projects.

The programs must also address a local traffic safety issue, be conducted throughout the jurisdiction, be held on an ongoing sustained basis and augment standard education, enforcement and ongoing medical care.

Orlando said the department accepted the award on Dec. 11. She said a plaque was presented for the department's ongoing safety programs, such as the bicycle safety program and the seat belt program.

This is the second time the Martinsburg Police Department has received the Gold award.

"We are the only city in the state to receive this high of an honor. There is one award higher, the platinum, but no one in the state received it," Orlando said.

Many safety organizations participate with the police department to make these efforts effective, Orlando said.

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