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Coos Bay Trooper Receives OSP "DRE Officer of the Year" Award
03/19/2008
Lieutenant Steve Smartt
Oregon State Police - Coos Bay
Office: (541) 888-2677 ext. 224

An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper assigned to the Coos Bay office was recognized recently for his drug recognition enforcement and training efforts at the 2008 Annual DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference held March 14th and 15th 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 2007.
 
One of the awards is presented to a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) from a municipal, county and state law enforcement agency that was active in using and sharing his/her DRE skills to detect, apprehend and assist prosecuting drug-impaired drivers in their community statewide. The recipient should also possess the skills and desire to share and use their DRE knowledge to benefit others in the community, such as fellow law enforcement officers, schools, businesses, and private industry. The "DRE Officer-of-the-Year" award is presented to a sworn police officer from a city police department, county sheriff's office, and the Oregon State Police.
 
Selected as the Oregon State Police "DRE Officer-of-the-Year" was Trooper Freddie Dunlap, a 7-year veteran assigned to the OSP Coos Bay Area Command office. In 2007, Senior Trooper Dunlap made 68 DUII arrests that included 35 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. Trooper Dunlap also produced a total of 58 drug interdictions, twenty-four of which were felony drug cases. His commitment to the DRE Program is enhanced by a vast knowledge of controlled substances and the application of unique knowledge obtained in his previous career as a Nurse.
 
This is the second time in the last three years that Trooper Dunlap has been presented this award, a testament to his ongoing excellence in pursuing his own patrol objectives as well as his readiness to assist outside agencies in processing their DUII/Drug arrests.
 
"Trooper Dunlap is an extremely hard working member of this office who has an aggressive enforcement approach of all hazardous moving violations, with an emphasis on detecting and apprehending impaired drivers," said Lieutenant Steve Smartt, Area Commander for the Coos Bay office. "He strives daily to fulfill the mission of the Department, enhancing motorist safety on Oregon highways within his patrol area."
 
The Coos Bay Area Command office also received the "DUII Agency of the Year Award for the Oregon State Police". Information regarding this award was forwarded in a separate news release.
 
Questions regarding the DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference can be directed to Lieutenant John Diehl, Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, at (503) 378-2398.