“Each year the Tennessee Highway Safety Office in conjunction with the National Highway Transportation Administration recognizes law enforcement organizations in East Tennessee for achievements in traffic safety,” Traffic Lieutenant Michael Braden explained. “Our department participates in the challenge each year in order to measure our success against other agencies in the state. The goal remains to keep our roads safer throughout the year.”
Maryville Police Corporal Ben Belitz was awarded East Tennessee Officer of the Year. According to Braden, “Corporal Belitz is dedicated to our traffic safety program and his diligence in his field secured this win. He worked hard to help design and implement the traffic safety program.”
The department’s second place win overall reflects its excellence in several categories of traffic safety. The Georgia Highway Safety Office scores and judges the applicants by a combination of statistical performance as well as presentation of information.
In addition to these awards, Officer Travis Hill was recognized for Impaired Driving Enforcement and Officer Matthew Tipton was recognized for speed enforcement.
“These awards are a reflection of the hard work of our entire department,” said Chief Tony Crisp. “It is a rewarding experience for our staff to be recognized for the work they do every day and we appreciate the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for their support.”
For more information about the Maryville Police Department, please visit www.maryvillegov.com.