COOK COUNTY -- The Adel Police Department recently took first-place honors at the 2001 Georgia Governor's Challenge, winning an in-car video system, a digital camera, and receiving two plaques commemorating the win.

This was the first time the department had entered the competition, sponsored by the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety. They are now qualified to participate in the national competition, to be held in Minnesota.

There were several categories, depending on the size of the department, and function. The Adel Police Department entered, competing in the 9-15 officer division. Lt. Audie Rowe said the application included details on officer training, road block checks, Click It or Ticket and other traffic-related programs.

According to a press release from the GGOHS, the competition gives the various departments a chance to "consider reaching new heights, making a difference in your community, and then sharing your success with other law enforcement agencies."

Rowe said the department, according to the judges, had 100 percent compliance in policy.

"We're thrilled," Rowe said.



To contact reporter Marie Arrington, please call 244-3400, ext. 254.



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