From left are Gov. Brian Kemp, Snellville Police Department Police Chief Roy Whitehead, Lt. David Matson and Allen Poole, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The city’s police department won the top prize at the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Awards Banquet in Macon Wednesday.

Gov. Brian Kemp presented the prestigious Governor’s Cup to Chief Roy Whitehead and Lt. David Matson in recognition of the achievements of the Snellville Police Department.

“I am honored and privileged to represent the hard work of the men and women of our department as they strive to keep our city’s streets and roadways safe,” said Chief Roy Whitehead. “I am especially honored to receive this award on their behalf from Governor Brian Kemp.” 

SPD also won first place in the division of agencies with 26 to 50 sworn officers in the Occupant Protection and Distracted Driving categories.

Agencies throughout the state submitted applications based on their participation in the various enforcement initiatives of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety focusing on impaired driving, occupant protection, distracted driving and speeding together with efforts in education and community involvement. 

The Snellville Police Department achieved the highest score, earning the Governor’s Cup.

Lt. David Matson and Sgt. Scott Smith prepared SPD’s submission qualifying the department for the award.