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Montana Highway Patrol Honored for Traffic Safety Programs

International Association of Chiefs of Police awards MHP second place in annual competition

HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol has won second place in an annual traffic safety competition sanctioned by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Attorney General Steve Bullock and Highway Patrol Colonel Mike Tooley announced Thursday.

The competition is designed to recognize and reward the best traffic safety programs in the country. The areas judged include efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding.

“The men and women of the Montana Highway Patrol have dedicated their lives to making our roads and our communities safer. As Attorney General, I’m honored to work with them every day and, as a motorist, I’m glad to know they’re out there. This award is well deserved,” Bullock said.

“It’s gratifying to see that the hard work of our troopers is recognized at the national level,” Tooley said, “especially considering the sacrifices that some troopers and their families have made in meeting our public safety mission.”

The Montana Highway Patrol’s safety programs were judged in the category of agencies with less than 250 sworn personnel. The Wyoming Highway Patrol placed first and the Maine State Police third. Tooley and Lt. Col. Butch Huseby will accept the award at IACP’s annual meeting in October.

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