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By Sgt. Mike Arkovich
Ames Police Department
(March 15, 2012 – 1:30 p.m.) Ames police officers John Barney and Amber Rozeboom have been selected to receive the 2012 Commissioners Special Award for Traffic Safety. The award will be presented to them at the annual Governors Traffic Safety Conference held in Sioux City in April.
The award recognizes outstanding traffic safety contributions by individual officers. The selection is based on the officer’s commitment to traffic safety and service provided beyond routine duties. The goal of the traffic safety program is to reduce death and injury crashes.
During 201, Officer Barney and Officer Rozeboom were leading officers showing great interest in traffic enforcement and crash reduction.
Officer Barney issued 462 traffic citations and Officer Rozeboom issued 447 citations. They were proactive in areas of the city where crash rates were high.
Officer Barney and Officer Rozeboom exhibited a strong knowledge of local ordinances and Iowa law. Both officers were reasonable and efficient while on patrol. Officer Barney and Officer Rozeboom were proactive in other ways besides traffic enforcement.
They conducted several investigations and made several arrests. Many of the arrests came from the results of traffic stops and others were from their normal duties as a police officer by taking their calls for service, being active in community policing, and being a proactive officer.
Officer Barney and Officer Rozeboom went above and beyond to improve the traffic safety within the City of Ames.
The Ames Police Department issued almost 30% more traffic citations than in 2010. Because of the high level of visibility and proactive traffic enforcement provided by all officers at the Ames Police Department, crash reports were down 155 from 2010.
The Ames Police Department conducts targeted traffic enforcement throughout the city using grant money provided by the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.