Anne Arundel County government has won 17 achievement awards in the annual competition sponsored by the National Association of Counties.

It is the third consecutive year the county has won awards in every category it entered. The awards, presented last weekend in Salt Lake City, recognize excellence in local government. County governmentsmay enter one project per department in the competition.

The following programs were recognized by the association:

* The Police Department's Beat Cops Against Drug Traffickers (BAT Patrol)

* Recreation and Parks Department's school-age child care program

* The Health Department's Gray Area Dental Access Program

* Information Services' "Information Architecture -- Strategic Systems Planning"

* The Public Information Office's "County Connection" public information kiosk

* The Office of Planning andZoning's affordable housing trust fund for first-time homebuyers

* The Permit Application Center's automatic telephone response system

* The Department of Social Services' automation of child-protective service record-keeping

* The Office of Personnel's management development system

* The Department of Aging's public information brochures

* TheDepartment of Public Works' gypsy moth control program

* The Department of Inspections and Permits' rubble landfill ordinance

* Public Services' "Infostop" information service for county government

* The Office of Emergency Management's contingency plan for mainframe computer systems

* Central Services' unified communications project

* The Office of Finance's time and attendance system

* The Department of Utilities' elevated water tank painting program.

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