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Gainesville Police earn top division honors at highway safety awards
Hall Sheriffs Office takes third in division
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Two local law enforcement agencies placed Wednesday in their respective size divisions at the Governor’s Challenge sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Gainesville Police took home first place for departments with 101-250 officers, and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office placed third in departments with 251-500 officers.

The awards honor agencies for performance on enforcement, education, planning and other factors in tackling certain traffic safety issues.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said it is “always an honor” to be recognized for the work put in by the department’s officers.

“We have dedicated officers in traffic enforcement,” he said. “It takes a department as a whole.”

The Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police were two of more than 25 agencies honored at the Macon Centreplex.

Gainesville Police also won in the special category for “speed awareness.”

Holbrook said the department has been continuing to look at “creative, innovative ways” to tackle these issues while also collaborating with other departments.

“One of our goals from this past year has been reducing injuries in our high-crash corridors,” the sergeant said. “And that is something that we’ve focused on and will continue to focus on.”

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