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OSP Coos Bay Trooper Receives "DRE Officer-of-the-Year" Award
04/20/2009
Lieutenant Steve Smartt
Oregon State Police - Coos Bay
Office: (541) 888-2677
 
Senior Trooper Michael Iwai
Patrol Services Division
Oregon DECP Coordinator
Office: (503) 934-0267

For the second year in a row, an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper assigned to the Coos Bay office was recognized for his drug recognition enforcement and training efforts at the 2009 Annual DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference held April 17th and 18th in Portland at the Red Lion Hotel Conference Center. 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 2008.

 
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.

 
The 2008 Oregon State Police "DRE Officer-of-the-Year" was awarded to Trooper Josh Young, age 30, assigned at the OSP Coos Bay Area Command office. Trooper Young has worked for OSP only 18 months and came from North Bend Police Department after being one of the first lateral transfers to apply with OSP.
 
Trooper Young performed 30 DRE evaluations during 2008 while remaining very active in detecting and apprehending DUII drivers. He was also tasked during the year with field training two new OSP recruit troopers, is very active with other OSP training including teaching First Responder medical aid classes at the Recruit Training academy, and has taught a æDrugs and Domestic Violence' class to the local Women's Safety Resource Center.
 
Lieutenant Steve Smartt, OSP Coos Bay Area Commander, remarked how impressed he has been with Trooper Young's drive to improve himself through training and conversations with senior members of the Department.
 
"Josh has been a great addition to the Coos Bay office. His personality and work ethic has melded seamlessly with the other members of the office and he has proven to be a real æteam player'. He is always willing to assist another member and make a positive difference in our community," said Smartt.
 
Last year the award was presented to OSP Coos Bay Area Command Trooper Freddie Dunlap. It was the second time in the last three years that Trooper Dunlap was presented with the award.