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OSP Astoria Senior Trooper Receives Special Award at DUII Training Conference
03/20/2008
Sergeant Timothy Plummer
Patrol Services Division - General Headquarters
Office: (503) 934-0267

Photograph link valid for 30 days - Photograph Source: Oregon State Police (Left to right: Troy Costales, ODOT Transportation Safety Division, Senior Trooper James Pierce, and Captain Gerry Gregg, Director of OSP Patrol Services Division)
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An Oregon State Police trooper assigned to the Astoria Area Command office received a special award recently for his dedication, leadership and commitment to deter impaired driving at the 2008 Annual DUII Multi-Disciplinary 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.
 
The special award was started in 2002 and named after Oregon State Police Trooper Maria Mignano, the first female State Trooper to lose her life in the line of duty. Trooper Mignano tragically lost her life assisting a motorist on Interstate 5 south of Salem on September 4, 2001. She was a regular training conference attendee dedicated to deterring impaired driving in Oregon.
 
During this year's training conference, the "Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award" was presented to Senior Trooper James Pierce, a 19-year veteran with the Oregon State Police known for his long history of active involvement in the Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety areas. Senior Trooper Pierce is very active in the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, Impaired Driving enforcement and training, and is a Collision Reconstructionist for eleven of Oregon's 36 counties.
 
Senior Trooper Pierce has a long history of training other officers in Drug Recognition, Standardized Field Sobriety Testings, Crash Reconstruction and Investigations, and Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals. He has also taught some of these topics to the U.S. Coast Guard, Victim's Impact Panels, local Lions Club and Safety Council, fire departments, community colleges and local businesses. Since 1999, Senior Trooper Pierce has also been a liaison to high school students preparing senior projects for DUII Fatality Reenactment and Alcohol Awareness week.
 
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.