The Brown County Sheriff’s Office was recognized by the Kansas Department of Transportation at Monday morning’s Brown County Commission meeting.
Bob Hamilton, law enforcement liaison for KDOT, presented Sheriff John Merchant with the AAA Kansas Community Traffic Safety Platinum Award for his department’s work in 2019.
Hamilton told the commissioners he works with AAA Kansas to identify deserving law enforcement agencies and encourage them to apply for AAA for consideration, based on their work. This award is provided by AAA Kansas to encourage communities to address local traffic safety issues in a coordinated and cost-effective way.
“As Brown County Commissioners I want to thank you for the support you provide the sheriff to make his department one of only 13 sheriff departments in Kansas to qualify for a 2019 AAA award,” Hamilton said. “Without your support the sheriff couldn’t do a good job keeping your community safe.”
Hamilton said Brown County is one of 13 sheriff’s offices in the state receiving this award and noted this is the sixth year that Brown County received the award and the third year for the “Platinum Award” — which is the highest level AAA bestows, for demonstrating superior, sustained efforts in addressing local traffic safety issues.
Sheriff John Merchant received the award and said he was very appreciative of the recognition and couldn’t do all of the programs without Hamilton and the support of KDOT.
The Sheriff’s Office was recognized for a variety of activities and programs, including:
Working with Hiawatha and Horton high schools in the SAFE seat belt usage program; along with other educational programs such as child passenger seat training, “teen lifesaver” and winter driving initiatives with the high schools and the AAA Driver Improvement classes.
Participating in an area Traffic Safety Committee
Having a policy requiring employee seat belt use
Taking part in national Night Out neighborhood events and Trick-or-Treat Safety night
Delivering rural Brown County safety alerts and messages to residents
Hosting a Babysitting Clinic, providing training and education on occupant protection and first aid
Delivering school bus evacuation training at Hiawatha schools
Providing Operation Lifesaver efforts to upgrade training on railroad crossing and enforcement
Holding a DEA drug takeback event
Holding Digital Citizenship event at Horton High School on proper use of cell phones and dangers of texting and driving.