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Sheriff recognizes outstanding Speed STEP officers

Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage honored two officers on Friday for their efforts in the recently completed Speed STEP (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program), which is made possible by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Deputy David Wallace and Cpl. David Miller were recognized as outstanding participants, according to Lt. Dan Norris.
Sheriff Gage presented Wallace with a letter of commendation for his dedication to Speed STEP.
Wallace was unable to attend and will receive his letter at a later time, Norris said.
Sheriff Gage, who took office on Jan. 1, 2005, initiated the partnership between the MCSO and TxDOT.
TxDOT grants have infused over $600,000 into the MCSO budget for overtime and other enforcement purposes since that time.
STEP grants allow for extra officers on patrol, who focus only on the particular goal of the grant and are not call responsive, according to Norris.
During the most recent Speed STEP Over 8,000 speed citations were issued and over 10,000 total moving violation citations were written from Oct. 1, 2007 through Sept. 30, 2008, Norris said.
TxDOT also finances popular and effective programs such as “Click it or Ticket” and DWI STEP, which are executed in two-week intervals, with Click it or Ticket occurring annually and DWI STEP four times each year.
Norris said the goal of the TxDOT and MCSO partnership is to reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in Montgomery County. 

Sheriff recognizes outstanding officers
Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage honored two officers on Friday for their efforts in the recently completed Speed STEP (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program), which is made possible by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Deputy David Wallace and Cpl. David Miller were recognized as outstanding participants, according to Lt. Dan Norris.
Sheriff Gage presented Wallace with a letter of commendation for his dedication to Speed STEP.
Wallace was unable to attend and will receive his letter at a later time, Norris said.
Sheriff Gage, who took office on Jan. 1, 2005, initiated the partnership between the MCSO and TxDOT.
TxDOT grants have infused over $600,000 into the MCSO budget for overtime and other enforcement purposes since that time.
STEP grants allow for extra officers on patrol, who focus only on the particular goal of the grant and are not call responsive, according to Norris.
During the most recent Speed STEP Over 8,000 speed citations were issued and over 10,000 total moving violation citations were written from Oct. 1, 2007 through Sept. 30, 2008, Norris said.
TxDOT also finances popular and effective programs such as “Click it or Ticket” and DWI STEP, which are executed in two-week intervals, with Click it or Ticket occurring annually and DWI STEP four times each year.
Norris said the goal of the TxDOT and MCSO partnership is to reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in Montgomery County.

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