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BC police earn $10,000 grant for traffic safety

The Boulder City Police Department was awarded a $10,000 grant by the Nevada Public Safety Department for being one of the state’s Joining Forces Agencies of the Year.

Joining Forces is an enforcement and education campaign that provides money for traffic safety issues that are primary causes of crash-related fatalities and serious injuries.

Officers from neighboring jurisdictions “join forces” by working together in the same area using checkpoints and patrol to enforce safety issues such as speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving, unrestrained occupants and pedestrian laws.

Along with the Metropolitan Police Department, Boulder City Police Department finished as the top Joining Force Agency of the Year out of 23 Nevada law enforcement agencies that participate in the program.

“It’s an honor for us,” Police Chief Bill Conger said. “We’re a small agency, and for us to be designated as a top agency was pretty prestigious. It says a lot about our men and women in our police department.”

Along with the award, Boulder City Police officers Alan Nutman and Ian Ham were named as Outstanding Officers within the agency. Ham also received awards for being the top officer statewide for enforcing child seat and pedestrian laws.

Detective Tiffany Driscoll was named Top Co-coordinator of the Year for her coordination of the enforcement activities and grant funding.

An eight-year veteran with the Boulder City Police Department, Driscoll said she’s seen her share of accidents, and emphasizes the importance of traffic safety.

“I have a passion for traffic safety, not because I enjoy giving tickets, but because I want to keep people safe,” she said. “I’ve seen fatals and several really bad accidents.

“We’re just trying to prevent those here in Boulder City.”

The grant will be used to provide traffic safety equipment such as radar and laser speed detectors, as well as electronic citation writers.

Contact reporter Steven Slivka at sslivka@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.

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