FPD receives state award

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

The Fortuna Police Department has received second place in the prestigious California Law Enforcement Challenge Award.

The award is sponsored by the California Highway Patrol in partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety, and the California Office of Alcohol Beverage Control.

According to FPD, "The California Law Enforcement Challenge is a competition between similar-sized and types of law enforcement agencies. This award recognizes and rewards the best overall traffic safety programs in California."

FPD was graded and reviewed on its efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding. Fortuna received the award due to showing they combine officer training, public information and enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries within its jurisdiction.

A joint letter from the commissioner of the California Highway Patrol and the directors of California Office of Traffic Safety and California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control stated, "Your efforts have improved traffic safety by reducing traffic fatalities and injuries in your community, and help continue to make California a safer state for all. Your agency's passion for saving lives and reducing traffic related injuries through enforcement and education is unparalleled."

FPD's Facebook page reflected the thoughts of the community regarding the recently received award.

"Congratulations," Diane DeMarzi-Crockett said. "I had a heart attack at the end of April this year and an officer got there before the ambulance. He helped calm me down. Don't know his name, but always wished I could tell him thank you."

The Fortuna Police Department was one of 26 agencies throughout the state of California selected to receive this coveted recognition. For more information about the award and the Fortuna Police Department you can contact the Department at 725-7550 or visit www.friendlyfortuna.com.

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FPD received second place in the California Law Enforcement Challenge, in which 26 other agencies throughout California also received awards.