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OSP Trooper Receives "Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award"
04/20/2009
Chair of the Task Force
Phone: (541) 936-4881
 
Senior Trooper Michael Iwai
Patrol Services Division
Oregon DECP Coordinator
Office: (503) 934-0267

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 special award categories is named in honor of an Oregon State Police (OSP) senior trooper who was dedicated to removing impaired drivers from our roadways and tragically lost her life in 2001. Named the "Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award", the award is presented to a sworn police officer who exemplified the behavior, dedication and professionalism in all aspects of impaired driving detection, apprehension and prosecution during the past year.
Senior Trooper Steve Webster 
The recipient of the 2008 "Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award" is Senior Trooper Steve Webster, a 19-year OSP veteran. Webster, age 42, continues to demonstrate a consistent dedication to reducing tragedies caused by impaired driving through education and enforcement.
 
To this point in his career, Webster has arrested over 1,200 impaired drivers. In 1995, Webster attended the first Oregon Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School followed a few months later by being certified as a DRE Instructor. He consistently teaches at DRE schools and basic police academies, providing over 1,500 hours of instruction in areas related to Impaired Driving enforcement. Webster holds numerous instructor certifications not only in impaired driving-related subjects but also for SWAT, Patrol Tactics, Field Training Officer, and Firearms.
 
Webster has been praised by his District Attorney's office for his professional expert testimony, frequently being asked by prosecutors to review impaired driving cases and offer expert witness testimony on arrests made by other officers.
 
During his ongoing OSP career, Webster has worked at OSP offices in Corvallis, Springfield, Albany and Salem before his current assignment as a Regional Training Officer. Webster has been a Field Training Officer for eight OSP recruit troopers, and as a member of the OSP SWAT team for 14 years and an entry team leader he has responded to over 700 OSP SWAT call outs.