The Cookeville police department has received a number of awards from the Governor's Highway Safety Office, in part for their efforts to promote child seat safety. The department was among the winners recognized this month as part of the 5th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge. The Law Enforcement Challenge is an annual competition designed to recognize and reward the best overall traffic safety programs across the state and across the country as judged by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Similar sizes and types of agencies are judged on their local efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about the dangers of driving impaired and speeding as well as the importance of occupant protection. The Cookeville police department took first place statewide and was ranked second nationally among departments with more than fifty, but less than 100 officers. They were also given special category awards for their Child Passenger Safety and Speed Awareness programs, and they earned the Director's Cup, as well.