April 29, 2013
Lieutenant Dave Mazour
Oregon State Police - Albany
* OSP troopers, Lieutenant Mazour and Sergeant Iwai flanked by Troy Costales (left), ODOT Safety Division Administrator, and Oregon State Representative Jim Thompson (right)
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.
A municipal, county and state police agency were selected from nominations for law enforcement agencies that have shown notable improvements in impaired driving enforcement while taking a proactive, leadership role in their communities. The Oregon State Police Office or Work Site selected must have also provided a willingness to aggressively train and encourage their officers to enforce DUII and drug-impaired driving laws with a proactive approach to deter DUII.
Selected to receive the "2012 DUII Enforcement Agency-Of-The-Year" for the Oregon State Police (OSP) is the OSP Albany Area Command office. Under the direction of Lieutenant Dave Mazour, the office's 2 sergeants and ten troopers arrested 218 impaired drivers during 2012; a 39% increase from 2011 and an 83% increase from 2010. During the year, two troopers at the OSP Albany office received training for Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) certification. The office's three DREs accounted for 27 DRE evaluations.
Impaired driving enforcement is a priority for OSP and the troopers assigned at the Albany office participates in all high visibility enforcement periods, routinely targeting visible enforcement in areas known to have higher rates of motor vehicle collisions. Additionally, these troopers work closely with the Linn County District Attorney's Office to coordinate DUII and related search warrant training.
"The work of our troopers at the Albany office is reflective of our mission throughout the State to find impaired drivers on our roads before they are involved in a tragic crash. The special recognition is appreciated and well-deserved. I am thankful for the work by all our troopers day and night trying to keep our roads safe," said OSP Superintendent Richard Evans.
The previous winner in this category for two consecutive years was the OSP Springfield Area Command office.