SOLDOTNA - The Soldotna Police Department is being recognized for being innovative.
The department is the winner of a 2009 Innovation in Information Technology Award for its Technology on Patrol project. The goal of the project was to enhance traffic enforcement efficiency by utilizing Smartphone technology while officers are on the job.
The Smartphone-based criminal justice technology has been employed effectively in several large cities in the Lower 48. Soldotna's effort was the first in Alaska.
The award will be presented to Soldotna Police Chief John Lucking on Monday.