ATLANTIC CITY — A city police officer this month received a traffic safety leadership designation.
Officer Joseph Bereheiko received the Traffic Safety Specialist, Level 1 leadership designation June 3 during an online event with the New Jersey Police Traffic Officers Association, police said in a news release.
“Officer Bereheiko is assigned to the department’s Accident Investigations Section, where he has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving as Atlantic County’s leader in DWI enforcement seven times, including six consecutive years,” officials said in the release.
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Brigantine police Sgt. Richard DeLeon also received the designation, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.
The Traffic Safety Specialist program came to the state from Maryland “in order to recognize police officers who have attained notable experience, education, training and proficiency in Highway Safety Enforcement methods and procedures,” according to the release.
Officers are approved based on documented training, employment records, service awards and sponsorship of employers, according to the release. Level 1 requirements include three years of independent patrol experience, speed detection device certification, standard field sobriety certification and 30 points of earned electives, with one elective point awarded for each year of military service and other points obtained for documented college experience.
The Ocean County Police Traffic Officers Association first piloted the voluntary program in February 2016, according to the release, and there are more than 150 awardees across the state.
In TSS Level 2, officers develop and implement a technical study to improve traffic safety conditions and reduce crashes in the sponsoring community, according to the release.