The National Law Enforcement Challenge is a friendly competition among law enforcement agencies, focusing on the traffic safety issues of Impaired Driving, Occupant Protection, and Speed Awareness. Additionally, agencies can select a traffic safety issue that has been identified as a problem in their state or locality. Within each of these four categories, participating agencies are evaluated and awarded points on their approaches to these traffic safety issues based on seven factors: Problem Identification, Policies, Planning, Training, Public Information & Education, Enforcement, and Outcomes.
Here are the categories:
||State Police and Highway Patrols
||251 or More (S3)
||1,501 or More (SPHP3)
|251 or More (M4)
||Special Award Considerations
||CMV Safety - State Police
||CMV Safety - Municipal/Sheriff
|Tribal Law Enforcement
|Regional Enforcement Efforts
||Traffic Incident Management
Download the 2015 NLEC Content & Materials PDF Here.
National Law Enforcement Challenge applications are now only via email. In order to apply, agencies will need to download the NLEC Content & Materials PDF, which will require you to answer submission disclosure questions and fill out narrative text boxes.
Narrative Boxes/Text Boxes
These boxes should be used to provide evaluators with a brief description of what your agency did in this focus area. It is a great place to highlight major accomplishments. Each narrative has a minimum of 500 characters and a maximum of 2,000. Every letter, space, number, and symbol is a character.
Agencies should have two attachments for each section in a PDF, Word or PowerPoint format that contains your supplemental information. The first document should supplement the information from the narrative boxes/text boxes and include documentation/information to demonstrate the agency's activities and accomplishments. Agencies should make sure that the attachments contain the qualifying and quantifying information needed to answer the questions in the subsections (Problem Identification, Policy, Planning, Training, Public Information & Education, Enforcement, and Outcomes).
The second document must contain only the policy related to that section.
Additional attachments can be emailed for any special award considerations your agency would like to be considered for. Agencies who are applying for a special award consideration should have one attachment for each special award they would like to be considered for (no more than 10 pages). No attachment is needed for the special award categories of Occupant Protection, Impaired Driving, or Speed Awareness. If your State/Local Issue is an application for a Special Award, please check the box on the Content & Materials PDF.
Each attachment should be no more than 10 pages and no larger than 10MB.
Agencies can email the Content & Materials PDF and all application attachments to NLEC@theiacp.org. Please make sure the subject line indicates your agency name and NLEC submission.
You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been received.
Submission Disclosure Questions
Agencies will need to answer every question in the submission disclosure section. Click here to review the questions.
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State Association and Governor's Highway Safety Office Award
The State Association and Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) Award recognizes state associations and GHSO partners for their exceptional work in encouraging agencies in their state to participate in the National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC). To nominate a state association or GHSO, complete the application, including supporting documentation and appropriate references, and submit it to NLEC@theiacp.org. Please make sure the subject line indicates your applications for the state associations/ governor highway safety award. Application deadline to be announced this fall.
Past NLEC Winners
2014 Challenge Winners
2012 Challenge Winners
2011 Challenge Winners
2010 Challenge Winners
2009 Challenge Winners
2007 Challenge Winners
2006 Challenge Winners
2005 Challenge Winners
2004 Challenge Winners
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Traffic Safety Innovations
The IACP and NHTSA developed Traffic Safety Innovations, a booklet that provides insights from some of the National Law Enforcement Challenge winners about what ideas they are employing that have had a positive impact on their community. Traffic Safety Innovations provides a snapshot of what these agencies are doing to get people to buckle up and slow down.
Traffic Safety Innovations 2012
Traffic Safety Innovations 2013
Traffic Safety Dispatch Newsletter
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