• Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety - Law Enforcement

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    Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety - Law Enforcement

    The Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety is presented annually to an AAMVA member jurisdiction employee or other individual whose primary function is directly associated with highway and traffic safety efforts and who has had a distinguished career in this arena. The individual can be currently active or retired. One award is presented for achievement in highway safety in Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and one for achievement in highway safety in Law Enforcement (LE). This award is presented at the Annual International Conference.

    Nominations must be from a chief motor vehicle or chief law enforcement administrator only. In the event that the chief administrator is the nominee, the nomination can be submitted by a deputy administrator. Each jurisdiction agency can submit a nominee for each category (MVA and LE) but can submit only one nominee in each category (MVA and LE).

    For specific questions regarding awards and submissions, please send email to awards@aamva.org. 

    Selection Criteria

    • Extent of lifetime achievements
    • Impact on highway safety



    Warren A. Stanley, Commissioner, California Highway Patrol

    Commissioner Warren Stanley

    For over 37 years, Commissioner Warren A. Stanley has served as a leader and supported the implementation of traffic safety programs and education, community participation, and has dedicated himself to public service as a member of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). In February 2018, Commissioner Stanley was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. as the 15th commissioner of the CHP.

    In this capacity, he provides oversight to a department with nearly 11,000 staff. He is the first African-American to be appointed as commissioner of the CHP, the largest state law enforcement agency in the U.S. Commissioner Stanley is responsible for maintaining the safety, service, and security of millions of residents and visitors across the Golden State.

    Commissioner Stanley has been employed with the CHP since 1982 and is one of the distinguished few to hold every position from officer to commissioner within the CHP. He has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to public service and is firmly dedicated to CHP employees. Commissioner Stanley provides oversight of a $2 billion budget, works to improve officer safety, and earns the public’s trust through enhanced accountability and transparency.

    Commissioner Stanley’s commitment to the Highway Safety Corridor Program has promoted education, enforcement, and coordination on California’s roadways with high crash rates. He has also sustained support of the Designated Driver Program, which is intended to reduce drinking and driving fatalities and injuries through designated driver education.

    Commissioner Stanley is a respected member of the law enforcement community. He has made a life-long commitment to ensure the safety of the people of California. Through his life experiences he has garnered the ability to reach out, connect, listen, and recognize all communities within his state, allowing the California Highway Patrol to develop strong partnerships to promote the safety of the people the department serves.

    Past Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety - Law Enforcement Award Winners

    • 2019 - Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Jr., Superintendent, Delaware State Police
    • 2018 - Captain Tom Fields (Retired), Vermont Governor's Highway Safety Program, Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
    • 2017 - Colonel Ronald K. Replogle (Retired), Missouri State Highway Patrol
    • 2016 - Colonel Tracy Trott, Tennessee Highway Patrol
    • 2015 - Lt. Col. Jack Miniard, Kentucky State Police
    • 2014 - Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police 
    • 2013 - Captain Lenny Casper, New York State Police
    • 2012 - John Batiste, Chief  (Individual), Washington State Patrol
    • 2011 - Joe Farrow, Commissioner (Individual), California Highway Patrol
    • 2010 - Major David Salmon, (Retired) (Individual), New York State Police; Massachusetts State Police (Agency)

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