The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (G.O.H.S.) announces that the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office was selected as Agency of the Year for the Mountain Area Traffic Enforcement Network (M.A.T.E.N.).  The M.A.T.E.N. is one of sixteen regional traffic enforcement networks dividing all 159 Georgia counties. The M.A.T.E.N. which includes Bartow also involves ten other counties North and West of Bartow. The regional networks are open to all sworn law enforcement officers and prosecutors and are designed to enhance traffic enforcement activities through networking, training and legislation.

The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office was selected for its dedication to traffic safety and support of the M.A.T.E.N.  Sheriff’s office deputies regularly attend the meetings and report their traffic enforcement activity monthly and for various traffic campaigns, such as Click It or Ticket.  As part of this cooperation and training, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office also participates in regional road checks targeting dangerous drivers and provides the B.A.T. mobile (mobile blood alcohol testing vehicle) for various checks.  

In addition to being the agency of the year, the G.O.H.S. also announces that Captain Lee Fletcher of the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office was selected as Officer of the Year for the M.A.T.E.N.  Captain Fletcher shows his dedication to traffic safety by ensuring that his agency is represented at the regional meetings and that Bartow County participates in the various G.O.H.S. traffic enforcement campaigns, such as Operation Zero Tolerance.  Captain Fletcher is considered an asset to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office and is instrumental in providing training, scheduling, and participation in the M.A.T.E.N. for his agency.