The deadline for submitting to the 2011 J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety is May 1, 2012. To submit your application, click here. If you have submitted in the past, please consider submitting again!
2009 J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety Winner – Sergeant Chris Gonzalez
2008 J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety Winner – Sergeant Joseph T. VanSeeters
2007 J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety Winner – Captain Chris Looney
Sponsored by the National Sheriffs' Association, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, and OnStar, the prestigious J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety annually recognizes individual law enforcement officers and others who have made significant achievements in highway safety. The award is designed to recognize law enforcement officers and others who have made significant contributions to, or outstanding achievements in, highway safety.
The National Sheriffs' Association is dedicated to promoting exemplary performance and creative approaches to enforcing traffic safety. Through partnerships with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, NSA has ensured that the programs in local communities receive national attention through the J. Stannard Baker Award.
Northwestern University Center for Public Safety is proud to sponsor the J Stannard Baker Award. J Stannard Baker, while working with the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (formally the Traffic Institute) developed a mathematical and physics approach to crash investigation that has been replicated worldwide. J Stannard Baker was well known as a pioneer in the broad field of traffic safety. The lives saved through one man’s brilliant initiative is immeasurable. The Center for Public Safety continues in this tradition of "Advancing Excellence". The advancements of the Traffic Institute and J. Stannard Baker live on in the spirit of law enforcement officers working to advance the field of crash investigation and traffic safety.
Categories and Criteria
Development of Unique Law Enforcement/Community Traffic Safety Programs: This is to recognize an employee (officer, deputy sheriff) from an Office of the Sheriff who has shown unusual initiative and imagination in developing and promulgating traffic safety programs. A Heroic or Meritorious service act involving a traffic safety function is acceptable with the category.
Special Award to Governmental or Private Individuals: The award panel may grant a special award to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to highway safety.
The award is managed by the National Sheriffs' Association. The selection panel is made up of NSA's Traffic Safety Committee which may or may not grant awards, at its discretion, or present special awards, as merited.
Presentation of Awards
The award recipient will be notified by June 1 each year, and will be invited to attend the NSA Annual Conference where the award is conferred. Travel and lodging expenses are provided for the recipient.
Qualifications and Rules
Candidates for the award must be a full-time paid officer or deputy sheriff from a city/county Office of the Sheriff.
The employee or civilian being nominated must have contributed to the highway safety program in their governmental agency. Long years of service are a consideration but not the determining factor. Equally, short service is to be considered. However, the quality of the service or program is the essential factor.
To receive this award, the individual must first be nominated by a law enforcement agency, traffic safety group or official; and second, must be a full-time paid employee of a city/county Office of the Sheriff.
An individual from either the public or the private sector who has made a significant contribution to highway safety would also be eligible for the special award. This award is designed to recognize the individual efforts of government employees, such as traffic engineers, educators, judges, prosecutors, motor vehicle examiners, etc., who have made outstanding contributions to highway safety programs and issues.
Nominations must be submitted by May 1, 2012 to:
J. Stannard Baker Award
National Sheriffs' Association
1400 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
ATTN: Ed Hutchison
Who Was J. Stannard Baker?
This award was named to honor J. Stannard Baker, a former physics professor at Northwestern University who made significant contributions to highway safety. A pioneer in accident reconstruction investigation, he developed this subject into a science by applying the laws of physics and developing mathematical equations to assist law enforcement officers in their investigations. The first books on accident reconstruction investigation were written by J. Stannard Baker and are still in use today.