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OSP Klamath Falls Office Given "Agency of the Year" Award at Impaired Driving Training Conference
Lieutenant Steve Nork
Oregon State Police - Klamath Falls
Office: (541) 883-5713
Chair of the Task Force
Phone: (541) 936-4881

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.

A municipal, county and state police agency were selected from nominations for police agencies that have shown notable improvements in impaired driving enforcement taking a proactive, leadership role in their communities. The Oregon State Police Office or Worksite selected must have also provided a willingness to aggressively train and encourage their officers to enforce DUII and drug-impaired driving laws and taken a proactive approach to deter DUII.

During this year's conference, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Klamath Falls Area Command office was selected to receive the "DUII Agency of the Year Award for the Oregon State Police". For most of 2008, seven troopers and one patrol sergeant were responsible for patrolling nearly 300 miles of State highways in Klamath County and a portion of Lake County. During the year, the OSP Klamath Falls Area Command staff arrested 140 intoxicated drivers.
One of the main driving forces behind the success this OSP office has had in the fight against impaired driving is Sergeant Robert Fenner, a member of the Klamath Falls DUII Task Force which received this year's "DUII Advocate of the Year" award.
In addition to coordinating interagency DUII enforcement on every major holiday throughout the year, the OSP Klamath Falls Area Command office has focused on education and prevention by having troopers involved in many major community events to help educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. Over one of the major holidays, this OSP office utilized the new Mobile DUII Processing Center motor home and a crashed car previously involved in a fatal DUII crash as a prevention tools.
OSP Klamath Falls Area Commander Lieutenant Steve Nork noted the office is receiving a big boost with added staffing that will bring the office patrol staff to 12 recently hired recruit troopers finish training and are approved for solo patrol. In addition to the OSP Klamath Falls troopers, Lieutenant Nork also oversees OSP operations at two area worksites in Gilchrist (1 sergeant and 2 troopers patrol 127 state highway miles) and Lakeview (1 sergeant and 2 troopers patrol 269 state highway miles).
"I am very proud of how hard the troopers work while patrolling our area state highways. Even when our staffing levels were low they put forth an outstanding effort working closely with other local police agencies and the local DUII Task Force," said Nork.

Last year, the OSP Coos Bay Area Command office received this award. In 2006 the award went to the OSP Newport Area Command office and in 2005 to the Salem Area Command office.