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KPD receives top honor at Lifesavers Conference

Staff report • Sep 22, 2018 at 8:00 PM

KINGSPORT — For the fourth time in five years, the Kingsport Police Department has been recognized as one of the state’s top departments for traffic safety, education and enforcement.

The accolades were presented in Middle Tennessee during the Tennessee Highway Safety Office’s 31st annual Lifesavers Conference. The first place award for departments the size of the KPD, designated as between 101 and 200 officers, was part of the THSO’s Law Enforcement Challenge.

According to KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton, a wide range of criteria was examined: traffic statistics; efforts to reduce crashes; discouragement of impaired and distracted driving; and increased seatbelt and child seat usage. The KPD’s entry also documented traffic citations, checkpoints and strategic traffic enforcement, along with promotion of safe and responsible driving habits.

“The Kingsport Police Department is extremely proud to have received this highly esteemed recognition, which would not have been possible without the ongoing traffic safety-focused work on a daily basis by the entire department, but specifically our Traffic Unit, Patrol Division and Crime Analyst. For making and keeping the safety of the Kingsport motoring public a top priority, their efforts are commended.”

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