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Police from 36 departments across Southern WV honored at banquet

BECKLEY, W. Va (WVVA)-- Police and first responders from 36 agencies across Southern West Virginia are honored for their service during the Southern Regional Highway Safety Program awards banquet at the Beckley Moose Lodge.

7 officers were awarded the Highway Safety Advocate Award.

The Lewisburg Police Department, Alderson Police Department, Beckley Police Department, the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office, the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office, and the Oak Hill Police Department were honored for Outstanding Service.

Other awards included those for red light enforcement and occupant protection.

Officers from the Beckley Police Department, Oak Hill Police Department, Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office, Lewisburg Police Department, and Raleigh County Sheriff's Office took home the MADD Top Dawg Award for DUI enforcers. 

And the top award, Officer of the Year, went to Sergeant Frankie Shelton of the Beckley Police Department.  He's written 3201 citations over the course of his service there.

Police have been cracking down harder on drunk and distracted driving, and announced they will begin more training in the coming year to deal with drug-impaired driving.

So far there have been 310 fatalities on West Virginia roads since last January, one of the lowest numbers in the state's recent history. Award organizers say this is a direct result of these officers' hard work.

"The world of police and law enforcement is a thankless job," said SRHSP Coordinator Paul Blume, "and that's why it's important to recognize these guys...They've really done an outstanding job and we believe that translates into saving lives on the roadways."
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