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Grants Pass Area Trooper and City Police Detective Receive Awards at Drug Recognition Expert Conference
04/08/2011
Sergeant Mike Iwai
Chair of DRE Advisory Committee
Oregon DECP Coordinator
(503) 934-0267

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(Left to right: Senior Trooper Snook; Charles Hayes, former OSP Captain and current Chair of the Governor's Advisory Committee on DUII; and, Detective Lidey)
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During Oregon's first Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Conference held this week in Tigard, an Oregon State Police trooper and Grants Pass Department of Public Safety detective were presented with two awards for their efforts in support of Oregon's Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP).
 
OSP Senior Trooper Kenneth Snook was presented the "Drug Recognition Expert Service Award" for significant contributions to the Oregon State Police and the Oregon DEC Program. The award also recognizes his knowledge, expertise, and commitment in Oregon and across the nation in support of the DRE program. Snook is assigned at the OSP Grants Pass office and has been a member of OSP for over 26 years. He has been a certified a DRE since 1995 and is retiring from OSP this July.
 
The second award is named after Senior Trooper Snook and was presented to Grants Pass Detective Archie Lidey. The "2010 Ken Snook Award of Excellence" is presented to a certified and credentialed DRE who is active in enforcement, training, and/or education representing the DECP program. The recipient must demonstrate excellence in their knowledge, expertise, and commitment.
 
This award is selected following peer nominations reviewed by the DRE Advisory Committee. All Oregon DRE trained officers will be eligible for this award and it will be the only award presented at future DRE conferences.
 
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The Oregon Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program is managed and coordinated by the Oregon State Police and has been since the inception of the program in 1995. Oregon is one of 46 states participating in the DEC Program. The DEC Program is under the national guidance and direction of the International Association of Chief's of Police (IACP) and is supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
 

The Oregon program continues to work in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) - Transportation Safety Division, the Oregon Association Chief's of Police (OACP), the Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA), the Oregon District Attorney's Association (ODAA), and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) to select, train and prepare police officers to be Drug Recognition Experts and make an impact in deterring drug-impaired driving in Oregon.