The National Law Enforcement Challenge


Congratulations to the 2015 National Law Enforcement Challenge winners!

Please click on this link to view the 2015 winners: 

2015 Challenge Winners

What is the National Law Enforcement Challenge?

The National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) is a friendly traffic safety competition among law enforcement agencies. This program is supported through a cooperative agreement between the IACP and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and it is held in partnership with the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA).

The NLEC focuses 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:

Municipal Agencies Sheriff's Offices State Police and Highway Patrols
1-25 (MI) 1-50 (S1) 1-500 (SPHP1)
26-75 (M2) 51-250 (S2) 501-1,500 (SPHP2)
76-250 (M3) 251 or More (S3) 1,501 or More (SPHP3)
251 or More (M4)    


Other Agencies Special Award Considerations
College/University Bike/Pedestrian Safety
International Agencies CMV Safety - State Police
Military Police CMV Safety - Municipal/Sheriff
Tribal Law Enforcement Distracted Driving
Special Enforcement Impaired Driving
Regional Enforcement Efforts Motorcycle Safety
  Occupant Protection
  Speed Awareness
  Traffic Incident Management



Download the 2015 NLEC Content & Materials PDF here.

Note: If you are having issues saving the Content & Materials PDF, please download this Microsoft Word document for your Content & Materials submission here. Please save the Word document as a PDF before submitting it with your application packet.


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 10 MB.

Agencies can email the Content  & Materials PDF and all application attachments to 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.


January 20, 2015 - For the second year in a row, Laser Technology, Inc., (LTI) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police's (IACP) National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) traffic safety recognition program are joined forces to co-host an informative webinar about the 2015 National Challenge.

2015 National Law Enforcement Challenge Quick-Start Guide 

February 25, 2015 - The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), a partner of the National Law Enforcement Challenge, hosted a webinar on February 25, 2015, highlighting the participation of IACP’s State & Provincial agencies in the NLEC. The speakers include Brian Ursino, Director of Law Enforcement with AAMVA; Chief Howard Hall of the Roanoke County, VA, Police Department; Chief Mark Brunet of California Highway Patrol; and Lt. Colonel Dereck Stewart of Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Partner Program Highlight: IACP National Law Enforcement Challenge

April 9, 2015 - Laser Technology Inc. (LTI) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) have fostered a lasting relationship to support the IACP's National Law Enforcement challenge (NLEC). In preparation for the 2015 NLEC application deadline, the final webinar in this years' two part series aired on April 9 at 9:30 AM.

Improving Traffic Safety Programs through the National Law Enforcement Challenge


How-To Guide

How-To Guide (French)

How-To Guide (Spanish)

NLEC Attachment Template

NLEC Attachment Template with Model Applications

10 Tips to Jumpstart Your NLEC Application

NLEC Marketing Flyer


Model Applications

Washington State Patrol
California Highway Patrol
Henrico County Police Division
Peachtree City Police Department


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 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

Photos from the Past Year's Events



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 Innovations 2014

Traffic Safety Dispatch Newsletter

Contact Us

NLEC Application Contacts

Bethany Petersen,
703-836-6767, ext. 263

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