Birmingham, AL 11/09/2017
The People Against a Littered State held their 2017 Governor’s Award ceremony yesterday in Prattville, AL. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was nominated for and received the Governor’s Award for Law Enforcement for 2017.
Since 2012 the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has supported People Against a Littered States efforts to keep roads in the county litter free. Deputies participate in roadside cleanups and provide traffic control to keep volunteers safe.
The Sheriff’s Office has supported the Alabama Cleanups conducted in unincorporated areas of Jefferson County as a way to improve public safety by recognizing that removing trash, litter and other obstacles from the roadways enhances roadway safety. Studies have indicated that communities in which residents keep their properties neat and litter free have less crime than areas which show signs of neglect.
In 2017 the Sheriff’s Office provided traffic control and assistance for the 1,534 volunteers who participated in just the unincorporated area litter cleanups along 215.25 miles of roadways. In addition, Sheriff’s Deputies assisted with cleanups held in various municipalities.