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Tennessee Highway Patrol Named Top State Police/Highway Patrol in the Nation by the International Association of Chiefs of Police

Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 4:00 am In News | No Comments

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Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) wanted to share some positive news about the THP.

We are proud to announce that THP was named the “First Place Winner” in Highway Patrol/State Police agency category consisting of 501-1500 troopers in the nation for 2016. Additionally, THP received two awards in “Traffic Incident Management and Technology”.

The THP recently competed in an annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Challenge by presenting programs and results of public safety efforts.

Tennessee Highway Patrol

Tennessee Highway Patrol

All law enforcement agencies in the country (local police departments, sheriff’s offices, campus police, military police and state police agencies) are invited to submit a presentation or packet detailing their public safety efforts.

The THP competed in the largest state agency category which is the “mid-size department” division of state police agencies between 501 and 1500 Troopers. THP competed against all law enforcement agencies in the special awards category.

Over the last four years, THP was the only state police agency to place in the top three and has won several special awards for our Commercial Vehicle Program. “It’s an honor to receive notification on the 2016 awards to be given at the IACP International Conference in San Diego this October.

This is a testament to the dedication, passion, and professionalism exhibited daily by the men and women of the THP,” Colonel Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said. The THP was the only Tennessee agency recognized.

First Place – State Police Agency with 501-1500 troopers;

Winner – The Technology Special Award Category for our predictive analytics program in our TITAN Division;

Winner – The Traffic Incident Management Special Award Category based on our training program and the facility we built with the help of TDOT at our Training Center.

Trott praised his staff by recognizing their efforts that contributed to becoming recipients of the prestigious awards.

“The over 850 troopers who work daily to represent our department and make our state safe are the main ingredients that combine to keep our citizens safe,” Colonel Tracy Trott said.The Tennessee’s Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN) Division of the THP, which works to predict where serious crashes will occur so troopers can be deployed to these areas in an effort to save lives, has been an integral part THP’s success. Our Training Division works to protect and train first responders in Traffic Incident Management along with our lead instructors stressing our philosophy to protect our employees (and all first responders) by training them to deal effectively with these situations.

“I also want to thank the highest educated and best trained command staff ever assembled in the THP for their leadership in all our programs and endeavors,” Colonel Trott said. “I think we have demonstrated our abilities to lead this organization in the right direction with the opportunity given to us by Commissioner Gibbons and the Governor.” Trott continued to say that he has benefited personally from the efforts of these people and many more that support the THP.

In addition to receiving the IACP’s top award, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) notified Colonel Trott that he will receive the prestigious Martha Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award for Highway Safety at the AAMVA Annual International Conference in Williamsburg, VA in August.

Previous winners include Colonel Mike Edmonson from the Louisiana State Police, Chief John Batiste from the Washington State Patrol, and Commissioner Joe Farrow from the California Highway Patrol. Trott will accept that award on behalf of his command staff and all the troopers of the THP.

Another major accomplishment for the THP is the installation of Colonel Trott as the General Chairman in conjunction with the State and Provincial (S&P) Division of IACP this October in San Diego. Additionally Colonel Trott will serve on the Executive Board representing the issues of the S&P with the IACP.

This position is recognized as the leader of all state police organizations from the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. The success as a department has led the way for Trott to be individually recognized and elected to this office.

“I am proud of THP and Colonel Trott for their continued success and accomplishments,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “It is an honor for THP to be recognized on a national level for their innovativeness, expertise and professionalism. THP is truly the law enforcement leader in Tennessee and across the country.”

“This is extremely positive news about our department,” Colonel Trott said. “I also want to thank all the people of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security who support the THP.”

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