2023 law enforcement Georgia Governor’s Challenge winners

The Gainesville Police Department and Hall County Sheriff’s Office are two of several law enforcement agencies from our area who are winners of this year’s Governor’s Challenge Awards, the state’s premier law enforcement awards. They recognize state, local, campus and military law enforcement units for “the outstanding work they do in promoting highway safety through education and enforcement.”

Agencies are evaluated not just for enforcement initiatives, but for “innovative problem-solving in their communities, using public information activities and creating departmental policies that support their traffic enforcement campaign efforts.”

The Georgia Governor’s Challenge is aligned with the national traffic safety priorities of impaired driving, occupant protection, and speed. 

The following is a list of all of this year’s honorees:

Category 1: 1-10 Officers 
Alto Police Department1st Place
Demorest Police Department2nd Place
Boston Police Department3rd Place
Category 2: 11-25 Officers 
Cleveland Police Department1st Place
Sandersville Police Department2nd Place
Grady County Sherriff’s Office3rd Place
Category 3: 26-45 Officers 
Calhoun Police Department1st Place
Milledgeville Police Department2nd Place
Tybee Island Police Department3rd Place
Category 4: 46-75 Officers 
Crisp County Sheriff’s Office1st Place
Habersham County Sheriff’s Office2nd Place
Pooler Police Department3rd Place
Category 5: 76-100 
Dalton Police Department1st Place
Banks County Sherriff’s Office2nd Place
Rome Police Department3rd Place
Category 6: 101-200 
Gainesville Police Department1st Place
Warner Robbins Police Department2nd Place
Valdosta Police Department3rd Place
Category 7: 201-500 
Hall County Sheriff’s Office1st Place
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office2nd Place
Henry County Police Department3rd Place
Category 8:  501+ 
Dekalb County Police Department1st Place
Atlanta Police Department2nd Place
Category 11: Traffic Enforcement Network 
Mountain Area Traffic Enforcement Network1st Place
Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network2nd Place
Northeast Traffic Enforcement Network3rd Place
Coordinator of the YearLt. Chuck Harrison
Asst Coordinator of YearSgt. Selina Ayala Garcia
HEAT Team of the Year 
Hall County Sheriff’s Office1st Place
Newton County Sherriff’s Office2nd Place
Coweta County Sheriff’s Office3rd Place
Habersham County Sherriff’s OfficeImpaired Driving
Snellville Police DepartmentSpeed Awareness
Gainesville Police DepartmentOccupant Protection
Metro Atlanta Traffic Enforcement NetworkDistracted Driving
Cleveland Police DepartmentRookie of the Year
Calhoun Police DepartmentChild Passenger Safety
Crisp County Sheriff’s OfficeBike/Pedestrian Safety
Calhoun Police DepartmentTeen/Young Driver Safety
Warner Robins Police DepartmentMotorcycle Safety
Calhoun Police Department (229 Points)Governor’s Cup