Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Receives Award of Excellence
Frankfort, KY - Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) officer, Shannon Chelf has been awarded with the National Drug Interdiction Award for outstanding accomplishments in networking with law enforcement agencies nationwide. Officer Chelf was one of four KVE officers that attended the three day conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation in Orlando, Florida. Shannon is a resident of Larue County and has been with Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement for 16 years.
Awards were presented to agencies and individuals in various categories and recognized continued performance and commitment to a safer and more secure North America. The common theme of the awards was recognition of agency and individual leadership in the lawful removal of commercial vehicles and drivers posing a threat to our safety and security before the threat enters our communities.
Over 75 presenters shared their expertise at the conference. Twenty-five individual topics were presented - each being directly related to overland criminal interdiction. Emphasis was placed on intelligence sharing, multi-agency networking, lawful target selection techniques, current criminal case law, contraband concealment, and trends and trafficking patterns. The primary purpose of the conference is to continue and encourage the exchange of intelligence and to conduct superior training relative to the use of our Nation's Highways by traveling criminals and contraband smugglers. The conference goal is to increase interdiction success and convictions and provide motivation and leadership for attendees.
"Through winning this national award, officer Chelf has brought great honor and distinction upon this agency," said KVE Commissioner, Greg Howard. "It is because of officers like Shannon Chelf that we have one of the premier departments of this nature in the country."