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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Police Department and two of its officers earned recognition by state and national agencies Nov. 13 for traffic safety initiatives.

The University Police Department was recognized by the state for its involvement in the Click It or Ticket program, which was focused on enforcing the state’s mandatory safety belt law.

Two UW Oshkosh Police officers were also individually recognized.

Officer Brad Hanson received a Wisconsin Department of Transportation award for his commitment to traffic safety and outstanding effort to keep Wisconsin’s roads safe during the Click It or Ticket mobilization.

In the submission for the award, University Police Sgt. Donovan Heavener wrote: “Officer Hanson was an important component for our agencies first Click It or Ticket emphasis, which was very successful.  Not only did Officer Hanson focus his attention to safety belt violations during his shifts, he is also our agencies Court Officer.  Officer Hanson is involved in the manual processing of all of the citations that are written. Not only is Officer Hanson’s commitment to traffic safety in our community commendable, but his willingness to handle the increased workload during the Click It or Ticket emphasis, without complaint, is commendable as well.”

Officer Trent Morgan received a similar award from the U.S. Department of Transportation for his commitment to traffic safety and outstanding effort to keep Wisconsin’s roads safe during Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

In the submission for the award, Heavener wrote: “Officer Trent Morgan has been with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Police for his entire career and he has dedicated a fair amount of his time to OWI enforcement around the campus… This is our agencies first year participating in these initiatives and Officer Trent Morgan has jumped at the opportunity to keep impaired drivers off the roadway. His efforts are not only insuring the safety of the students on our campus, but all of the citizens in the Oshkosh area.”

The UW Oshkosh Police force is dedicated to providing a safe environment conducive to personal growth and educational development. Beyond traffic safety control, the University Police also oversees the Safe Walk Program on campus as well as other crime prevention programs.

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