Police Chief Billy Grogan

The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police presented the Dunwoody Police Department and Chief Billy Grogan with the Dr. Curtis McClung/Motorola Award of Excellence on Jul. 23.

The award is given annually by the statewide organization to one police agency for the implementation of an innovative and effective program, according to a press release from the Dunwoody Police Department.

The award highlighted Dunwoody’s Collision Avoidance Training (CAT) Program for Teen Drivers, a two-day defensive driving class designed to “provide young drivers with the knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics and human kinetics,” according to the release. The class has been offered since June 2010.

“Lieutenant Hegwood, who heads up our CAT Program, and all of our officers who are trained instructors have done an exceptional job,” said Grogan in the release. “They are making a difference in the lives of these young drivers that will have positive, long term results.”

The National Traffic Safety Academy asked the parents of teens who participated in the CAT program to take a survey in order to gauge the program’s effectiveness. According to the survey, less than five percent of the teens who participated had been involved in accidents after 12 to 18 months, and in none of the teens were at fault, charged, or injured in any accidents.

“Every teen driver should take this class,” said Grogan.