By Dave Pearce
A few days ago, Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth received notice that it might be a good idea to have representation at the 18th annual Indiana Criminal Justice Institute OPO Awards Banquet. The banquet took place on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Ind.
Hundreds of state and local law enforcement agencies were represented at the ceremonies, which honor officers and agencies making a difference in the safety of Hoosier motorists. Efforts conducted through the OPO program rely on a dual strategy involving high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness aimed at deterring impaired and dangerous driving and increasing seat belt usage.
Each year three awards are presented in the Sheriff’s Department category consisting of “Small Department,” “Large Department,” and “Best in State.” This year the Posey County Sheriff’s Department was the recipient of the award in the division of Small County Sheriff’s Department. In addition to the award the Sheriff’s Department receives $2,500 to be used for the purchase of law enforcement equipment. Posey County Sheriff’s Department Administrator Gregg Wagner was on hand to receive the award.
Sheriff Greg Oeth commented that the credit goes to the Deputies for their daily dedicated efforts toward the preservation of public safety. “We are all very proud to have received statewide recognition of our accomplishments, keeping Posey County roadways safe will remain a priority,” Oeth stated.
“We beat out all the other smaller sheriff’s departments in what we were able to get accomplished here in the county,” Oeth said on Sunday evening. With the size of the agency, I am continually amazed at what we are able to get accomplished. We are doing a great job on criminal investigations. We have changed our approach on how we do things a little bit and with everyone’s help, we are accomplishing a lot of our goals.”
Oeth said he sent out a personal notice to all members of the department letting them know that the department had received the honor.
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute serves as the state’s planning agency for criminal justice, juvenile justice, traffic safety and victim services. ICJI develops long-range strategies for the effective administration of Indiana’s criminal and juvenile justice systems and administers federal and state funds to carry out these strategies.
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