Evanston’s police department won a new squad car Tuesday at a national awards ceremony for departments with outstanding traffic enforcement efforts.
The city was one of ten communities honored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police at its conference in Chicago. It qualified for the national competition by winning a state-wide competition earlier this year.
The competition encourages law enforcement agencies to conduct a comprehensive review of traffic enforcement initiatives, with a goal of increasing traffic safety.
Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says the department works on public education campaigns and creative ways to enforce traffic safety laws, with efforts that include occupant restraint education, roadside safety checkpoints, impaired driving enforcement, Teen DUI presentations, and enforcement of distracted driving laws.
At the awards ceremony, the ten nationwide winners were given keys and asked to see if their key would start a new Ford Expedition offered as a prize for one winner. And it turned out that Evanston’s key was the one that fit.
Top: The new Ford Expedition, parked across the street from Evanston Police Headquarters.