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September 19, 2018

University Police at Oswego earns national, state recognition


OSWEGO — For the fourth consecutive year, University Police at SUNY Oswego received national recognition for its “Excellence in Traffic Safety Enforcement and Education” program. The department also earned a state award for its work on pedestrian safety.

SUNY Oswego's University Police department recently earned a national second-place award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police in the college and university category in the National Law Enforcement Challenge, as well as an honor from the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee. Here University Police Chief John Rossi (left) and Assistant Chief Kevin Velzy hold the state award.

SUNY Oswego’s University Police department recently earned a national second-place award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police in the college and university category in the National Law Enforcement Challenge, as well as an honor from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Here University Police Chief John Rossi (left) and Assistant Chief Kevin Velzy hold the state award.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police awarded Oswego’s University Police second place in the college and university category in the National Law Enforcement Challenge, a traffic safety awards program that recognizes excellent law enforcement traffic safety programs. The award was announced at the IACP Conference in San Diego on Oct. 18.

The New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee also recognized University Police at Oswego during a ceremony in Saratoga Springs on Nov. 15.

For the state award, police departments are judged on their department policies and guidelines, training of officers, incentives and recognition, public information and education, enforcement activity and effectiveness of efforts — all in the areas of speed enforcement, occupant restraint, driving while intoxicated enforcement, and state or local issues.

The local issue highlighted was pedestrian safety.

Chief John Rossi and Assistant Chief Kevin Velzy thanked all of the University Police officers for their hard work and dedication to making the community safe.

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