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On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office was awarded second place in the Sheriff’s Offices’ 11 to 25 Deputies category at the Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge (VLEC) Awards Ceremony in Williamsburg. Along with the second place award, the sheriff’s office also received the “Rookie of the Year” Award for Best First-Time Entry. “To have your peers acknowledge the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office enhances your reputation as an agency that is tough on crime, yet one that prioritizes safety,” commented Sheriff C.O. Balderson.
VLEC awards law enforcement agencies based on their demonstrated traffic safety and law enforcement efforts throughout the Commonwealth. VLEC is the oldest state challenge awards program in the country, with this being its 24th year of existence. The main areas of concentration include enforcement and educating the public about impaired driving, speeding and occupant protection. The agencies awarded are those that combine training, public information and enforcement within its jurisdiction to reduce injury and fatalities as a result of traffic accidents.
“Having had the opportunity to attend and receive recognition at the VLEC Awards Ceremony was very exciting, but at the same time humbling. The awards received are undoubtedly due to the hard work, commitment and dedication of Sheriff’s Office personnel that unselfishly serve and protect our community,” added Balderson.