The IACP J. Stannard Baker Leadership in Highway Safety Award annually recognized individual law enforcement officers and others who have made outstanding lifetime contributions to highway safety.
For an individual to receive this award, they must first be nominated by a law enforcement agency or other traffic safety group or official; and secondly, be a fulltime law enforcement officer of a state, county, metropolitan, or municipal agency or be an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to highway safety, such as a traffic engineer, educator, judge, prosecutor, or motor vehicle examiner.
State Category – Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Superintendent, Virginia Department of State Police
For 40 years, Colonel W. Steven Flaherty has proudly served the Commonwealth of Virginia as a public safety professional. Since his appointment to Superintendent on October 1, 2003, Colonel Flaherty has proven himself as an experienced, respected, and innovative leader committed to the safety of the people of Virginia. His years of service have earned him more than 60 commendations for distinction in highway and public safety.
Colonel Flaherty began his career with the Virginia State Police as a trooper in 1975. In 1983, he joined the VSP Academy staff as sergeant. Sergeant Flaherty trained, motivated, and evaluated new and veteran law enforcement personnel enrolled in courses at the VSP Academy. His most significant accomplishment at the VSP Academy was his self-initiated re-engineering of the Department’s Field Training Officer program to ensure and enhance standardization of training, and overall evaluation of students in a performance based training environment.
During his ten years in the VSP Safety Division as Assistant Safety Officer and Safety Officer, Colonel Flaherty oversaw sworn supervisors and Troopers assigned to the Department's Motor Carrier Safety Compliance/ Hazardous Materials and Virginia's Annual Motor Vehicle Inspection programs. In this capacity, he effectively collaborated with Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Canadian Council for Motor Transport Administrators, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), the American Trucking Association, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and numerous other specialty entities in developing and publishing uniform national and international vehicle inspection standards and specifications.
In 2000, Colonel Flaherty was appointed as the Deputy Director of the BFO where he managed all aspects of statewide traffic and criminal law enforcement, motor vehicle safety inspection, motor carrier safety, drug interdiction operations, crime prevention, and aviation. Colonel Flaherty was instrumental in the design, development, and implementation of all BFO operational plans, administrative programs, and highway safety strategies that refined operations, enhanced services, and ensured fair and equal application of the law. Under Colonel Flaherty’s direction, the VSP instituted the highly-effective “Operation Air, Land & Speed” traffic enforcement effort on Virginia’s interstates, utilizing off-duty troopers to augment high-visibility patrols. Due to its success, the efforts of the VSP have resulted in numerous accolades from the motoring public, and have significantly reduced traffic deaths on the targeted roadways.
Colonel Flaherty is active in many professional organizations such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. As General Chair of the State & Provincial Police Division of the IACP, he was a driving force behind the development and implementation of the U.S.-wide “Drive to Save Lives” traffic safety campaign in 2014. Unprecedented in its support by state police and highway patrol leaders, police chiefs, and sheriffs, the traffic-safety initiative aimed to not only reduce traffic deaths by 15 percent, but to also improve officer safety on U.S. highways. In Virginia, Colonel Flaherty crisscrossed the Commonwealth to speak at four press conferences in one day to launch this life-saving campaign, to include participation and support of the Governor of Virginia.
Other Category – Arthur Anderson, Assistant Commissioner (ret.), California Highway Patrol
For more than 43 years, Assistant Commissioner Arthur Anderson has contributed his energy and ideas on both a local and national level toward improving traffic safety. After joining the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in 1974, Arthur Anderson held every rank from cadet to assistant commissioner. At the height of his career with the CHP, he was appointed to the position of Assistant Commissioner, Field, where he oversaw each of the eight field divisions, the Office of Air Operations, and the Protective Services Division.
While Arthur Anderson served the people of California, the Mileage Death Rate (MDR) continued to remain at its lowest levels on California’s roadways, despite a steady increase in the number of vehicles and miles driven. His prominent role in promoting national seat belt and child safety programs is shown in California’s high seat belt compliance rate, leading it to be the first state in the U.S. to achieve a 90 percent seat belt compliance rate. Due to his insight and direction, numerous traffic safety programs were instituted in the state, including the Corridor Safety Program, the Safety and Farm Labor Vehicle Education Program, the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, and the Commercial Industry Education Program. These award-winning programs focused on enforcement, education, and engineering, enhancing the safety of people throughout California.
Additionally, Arthur Anderson was a pioneer in youth safety programs. He was instrumental in the implementation and operation of California’s Amber Alert program, the Right Turn Program, Start Smart, and the Every 15 Minutes Program. These programs keep the children of California safe, while informing them that the CHP and other law enforcement agencies are there to help them.
In 1993, Arthur Anderson was appointed as the Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). While Director of OTS from 1993 through 1999, he was responsible for administering the California Traffic Safety Program, which includes planning for programs to reduce the number of victims killed and injured in traffic collisions throughout the state. He oversaw the day-to-day operations of OTS and was responsible for the administration, distribution, and management of over $38 million in traffic safety grants annually. These grants allowed for planning to identify highway safety problems, provided start up “seed” money for new programs, and gave new direction to existing safety programs.
From 2000 to present, Arthur Anderson has been a law enforcement consultant to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration where he conducts department assessments on traffic safety.
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