UFPD Presented with First Place Traffic Safety Award

The University of Florida Police Department recently was awarded first place at the annual Florida Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Traffic Safety Challenge.   

The Florida Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Program is a grant-funded program sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

This prestigious award reflects UFPD’s commitment to traffic safety as they reduced overall crashes by 40%, injury crashes by 50%, impaired crashes by 80%, motorcycle crashes by 83%, pedestrian/bike crashes by 52%, and 100% of speed-related crashes. 

“One of UFPD’s top commitments is traffic education and safety. From daily commutes to large sporting events, UF is an active campus that experiences extreme influxes in traffic,” said Patrol Division Commander, Captain Kristy Sasser. “This award highlights our officers’ dedication to traffic enforcement, and we are proud of their commitment to the safety of UF’s students, staff, faculty, and visitors.” 

The purpose of the LEL challenge is to increase awareness and participation in traffic safety-related efforts. Among the other University Police Departments who competed in the challenge were FSU and UCF.  

Established in 1951, with over 136 sworn and support personnel, the University of Florida Police Department’s mission is to preserve a safe, secure campus environment where diverse social, cultural, and academic values are allowed to develop and prosper through a combination of reactive, proactive and educational law enforcement services. This award demonstrates one of many ways UFPD is dedicated to the safety and prosperity of our campus community.