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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:24 am, Thu Sep 1, 2011.

Members of the Lodi Police Department were honored Tuesday for their efforts in promoting traffic safety through enforcement and public awareness in 2010.

The department received first place in the California Law Enforcement Challenge, which is connected with a $125,000 grant the department received from Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30 of this year.

Lodi took first place out of seven agencies of similar size.

Christopher Murphy, the director of the Office of Traffic Safety, presented the award Tuesday morning.

The grant allowed the department to pay for a variety of enforcement efforts, including training, equipment, DUI checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols, warrant sweeps and court stings.

Any city that received the grant was required to submit a detailed report for the award outlining their policies and guidelines, training, recognition of officers and enforcement activities. It also asked how the department promotes awareness of their enforcement efforts throughout the community.

In the past, Lodi has qualified for mini-grants, usually for specific enforcement efforts, but never received a large one that covers many different areas, Sgt. Chris Jacobson said.

Lodi is one of only two cities in San Joaquin that qualified for the grant again, and it will begin on Oct. 1, Jacobson said.

"I think it's the overall success. Our department does a really good job enforcing DUI laws and traffic," he said.

Jacobson spent about three weeks compiling the report by collecting information and making charts to create what essentially looks like a yearbook detailing the department's accomplishments.

The report includes stories and photos about the department, stats on enforcement for 2010 and descriptions of community events like National Night Out and Every 15 Minutes.

For example, in 2010 the department issued 700 citations for seatbelt or child seat violations and 3,129 tickets for speeding. Officers also arrested 319 people for DUI.

Jacobson said the city has had some high-profile DUI crashes and has a high rate of DUI arrests, which helps in getting the grant.

"Unfortunately, the worse you do with DUI (collision statistics), the better you do with the grant. Obviously, our statistics show that grants help us fight the DUI issue in Lodi," he said.

The officers work hard to make use of the grant and keep Lodi safe, Jacobson said. An example is an officer on a recent Wednesday made four DUI arrests and arrested a parolee at large. For every DUI arrest, there is at least an hour of paperwork.

"They work very hard to make the city streets safe for all of us," Jacobson said. "We want people to go out and have fun at our restaurants and bars, but we want people to make it home alive."

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com or read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/city_buzz.

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9 comments:

  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:20 pm on Thu, Sep 1, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1798

    Nothing wrong with a little "thank you" for our boys in blue. I can relate at times your job seems thankless and frustrating. Keep up the good work.
    Mr. Chapman, I noticed a "familiar" tone towards LPD also. Could it be our favorite "hater of all things Lodi" under a new alias? If it is, he can't hide his rants very long before "outing" himself.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 5:17 pm on Thu, Sep 1, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Thank you, LPD!

     
  • Laura Rouzer posted at 10:12 am on Thu, Sep 1, 2011.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 55

    Thank you LPD for keeping ALL of us safe. You are much appreciated reguardless of what some say. Eventhough you are criticized by some, I'm sure they wouldn't last a week in your shoes. Thanks again! :)

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 5:38 am on Thu, Sep 1, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    A little recognition for a job well done is always a good thing for moral. Good job LPD, keep up the good work. I see a new poster with a familiar rant, hmmmmm.....who could really it be?

     
  • Jerry Bransom posted at 6:59 pm on Wed, Aug 31, 2011.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 363

    Interesting... paid extra for doing your job. Isn't this like leaving a tip at Starbucks only at taxpayer expense?

     
  • bob ballonya posted at 4:07 pm on Wed, Aug 31, 2011.

    YAYFORCORUPTION Posts: 1

    yay! thanks guys for the entrapment and false pretenses you issues your tickets on, pretty sure you made your city and the judge very happy (and wealthy)

     
  • Bob Bechill posted at 3:58 pm on Wed, Aug 31, 2011.

    Bob Bechill Posts: 41

    Well done and well deserved.

     
  • Sunny Samuels posted at 10:41 am on Wed, Aug 31, 2011.

    Sunny Samuels Posts: 55

    Much Thanks for our Boys in Blue!!! Congrats!

     
  • Brett Thompson posted at 8:20 am on Wed, Aug 31, 2011.

    Brett Thompson Posts: 54

    Great job guys! Glad that you're ensuring law-abiding citizens stay that way...and boosting income for the City.

    Now, how about some of that focus gets put on the Meth problem and the non-law-abiding citizens?

     

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