April 29, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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(Left to right: Sergeant Iwai and DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force Chair Robert Hayes)
During the 2013 annual DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference held April 26 - 27, 2013, in Bend, the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force presented their annual awards of excellence to various organizations, groups, and individuals who made a significant contribution to deterring impaired driving in Oregon during 2012.
One of the special award categories is named in honor of Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Maria Mignano who was dedicated to removing impaired drivers from our roadways and tragically lost her life in the line of duty in 2001. The "Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award" is presented to a sworn police officer who exemplified the behavior, dedication and professionalism in all aspects of impaired driving detection, apprehension and prosecution during the individual's career. This year's recipient of the 2012 "Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award" is OSP Sergeant Michael Iwai (pronounced E-why).
OSP Superintendent Richard Evans praised Sergeant Iwai for his commitment to being a proactive force to help prevent the impact impaired drivers has on our communities.
"Mike's drive is matched by few. His help to other law enforcement officers, expert guidance during training and involvement with committees and groups, and the work that he does on the road to remove impaired drivers helps Oregon be a safer place to live and visit," said Evans.
Since joining OSP in 1997, Sergeant Iwai's compassion became apparent early in his career when he became the first certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) in Polk County after attending one of the State's first DRE schools. He is a Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) instructor and became a DRE instructor in 2002, providing countless hours of DUII-related training. During the last 13 years, he has arrested over 700 DUII drivers and conducted or supervised more than 250 drug recognition evaluations.
In 2008, Sergeant Iwai became Oregon's fourth Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP) State Coordinator. In addition to managing the DECP program, he ensures Oregon's DREs have the latest information and issue awareness; stays on top of DUII-related court cases; is always available as a resource for prosecutors and law enforcement officers seeking advice and guidance; and, has testified at the Oregon Legislature on DUII-related bills for both drugs and alcohol.
Along with the State's DECP coordinator duties, Iwai is assigned as a Patrol Services Division Sergeant at the Albany Area Command office, which was announced as the OSP "2012 DUII Enforcement Agency-Of-The-Year" award selection. He is involved in many other activities including:
* Chair of the Oregon DRE Advisory Committee
* Vice President of the Oregon State Police Benevolent Association
* 1st Vice Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police - DRE Section
* OSP liaison to the Governor's Advisory Committee on DUII
Sergeant Iwai, age 41, was a past recipient of the DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Conference Task Force 2007 "DUII Trainer of the Year Award". In 2004, he also received special recognition from OSP when he was presented with the Department's "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award".