SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (SNN TV) - The Sarasota County Sheriff received very high praise and a big award recently.

Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman  was presented the J. Stannard Baker Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The award was presented during a ceremony at the annual I-A-C-P conference in San Diego in October.

Starting in 1989 with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Hoffman's most significant accomplishments were during his assignment to the traffic unit, where he served as the first full-time DUI enforcement deputy.