Brown County Sheriff’s Office receives traffic safety award

Brown County Sheriff’s Office receives the American Automobile Association’s, Platinum Community Traffic Safety Award on Monday, March 19, at the regular meeting of the Brown County Commissioners. Pictured are (L-R) Commissioner Keith Olsen, PRSO J. D. Clary, Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Law Enforcement liaison Robert Hamilton, Commissioner Steve Roberts, Sheriff John Merchant, and Commissioner Dwight Kruse.

Submitted J.D. Clary

On Monday, March 19, at the regular meeting of the Brown County Commissioners, Sheriff John Merchant and his department were recognized with the presentation of the American Automobile Association’s, Platinum Community Traffic Safety Award by Robert Hamilton, the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office Law Enforcement liaison.

The Platinum award is the highest level honor of this award. The award is presented in recognition of a department’s efforts in the area of improving community traffic safety practices. Many categories are considered and points are awarded by judges in deciding the level of award to be given.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office’s “Teen Lifesaver Initiative” which certifies Horton and Hiawatha High School students in the American Heart Association’s “Heartsaver” First Aid, CPR, and AED use, was considered during the judging.

“We were honored as a department to receive this recognition,” said Brown County Sheriff John Merchant. “It was a team effort on the part of the Sheriff’s Office personnel.”

It is the policy of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office to enforce the traffic laws of the State of Kansas. This effort puts our deputies in all the small communities in Brown County. Officer presence in of itself is a crime deterrent.

According to the 2016 Kansas Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Index Statistics, Brown County had the second lowest crime rate of the eight neighboring counties.

“This is a statistic we are very proud of and is perfectly in line with our motto,” Sheriff Merchant said. “Proactive Law Enforcement for Safer Communities.”

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