The Montclair Police Department's Traffic Unit was recognized for outstanding service last week.
The Tim Larney Memorial Traffic Safety Education & Enforcement Award was presented to Montclair's traffic unit the its contributions to traffic safety by The Traffic Officer's Association of Essex County on Feb. 21.
The award was named in memory of Livingston Police Officer Timothy Larney, who also served the Traffic Officers Association of Essex County and the traffic safety enforcement community for many years.
Larney had a productive career as a law enforcement officer beginning with his work in traffic safety enforcement on the Livingston Police Department. His contributions to traffic safety were tragically cut short when he lost his battle with cancer at the age of 50.
Larney's wife Susan and son Andrew presented the award to Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh and Sergeant Stephanie Egnezzo.
On the anniversary of his birth, Larney and his dedication to traffic safety was remembered by the individuals and organizations who continue his work in making their communities safer.
In a time when police departments are facing budgetary and manpower challenges and departments are scaling back or disbanding specialty units, the Montclair Police Department has remained steadfast in its commitment to promoting traffic safety in town.
Not just in enforcement, but in education within the schools and in outreach to the community. Montclair’s leadership has recognized that traffic safety is a vital component to their overall mission of crime prevention and providing a good quality of life and overall public safety within their community.
The department's efforts have reached beyond the confines of their borders and into the traffic safety community of Essex County as well. Members of the Montclair Police Traffic Bureau have volunteered to hold key positions in the leadership of the Traffic Officer’s Association of Essex County.
The event was was sponsored cooperatively by the Traffic Officer's Association of Essex County, the Essex County College Police Academy and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. The award ceremony was sponsored by Cathleen Lewis and Ed Baginski of AAA New Jersey Automobile Club.