The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office was selected by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) as a 2017 recipient of the Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award. Sheriff Ty Trenary and Undersheriff Rob Beidler received the award on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office on September 19 in Louisville, Ky. The Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made an impact on improving highway safety.
“We are honored to accept this award on behalf of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office who have worked hard these past two years to help implement new and unprecedented changes in driving and traffic safety in Snohomish County,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary. “Our top priority remains employee and community safety and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure everyone gets home safely every night.”
In 2016, the Sheriff’s Office made traffic-related safety a top priority after the agency experienced 11 on-duty collisions in 2015 that resulted in major injuries for employees and civilians. The Sheriff’s Office incorporated Below 100, a national program designed to eliminate preventable line-of-duty deaths and injuries, into agency-wide communications and mandatory training. At the end of 2016, the Sheriff’s Office saw a significant reduction in traffic-, pursuit-, and collision-related injuries and damages, decreasing major injury collisions by 32% and pursuits by 38%.