|Lieutenant Richard Pileggi|
Oregon State Police - Ontario
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(Senior Trooper Skinner on left)
During the 2012 annual DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference held April 20 and 21 in Canyonville, 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 2011.
One of the special award categories is named in honor of Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Maria Mignano who was dedicated to removing impaired drivers from our roadways and tragically lost her life in 2001. The "Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty 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 individual's career.
The recipient of the 2011 "Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award" is Senior Trooper Scott Skinner from the OSP Ontario Area Command office. Senior Trooper Skinner, age 47, was nominated for this award by district attorneys in four eastern Oregon counties. Skinner joined OSP 24 years ago and has worked out of the Ontario office for the duration of his career. In total, he has worked in law enforcement for 27 years.
One of his many duties involves overseeing all OSP collision reconstruction investigations conducted in the Department's East Region and reviewing a majority of all OSP collision reconstruction reports involving criminal charges. An accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist in 1994, he has gone on to specialize in all aspects of crash reconstruction and has taught hundreds of hours in the field of Collision Investigation and Reconstruction. His expertise leads to his providing expert testimony in both State and Federal court, including testifying recently in an Alaska vehicular homicide trial where the driver received a 20-year sentence.
Skinner serves on numerous traffic safety committees and in March 2012 was elected the Chairperson of the A.C.T.A.R. (Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction) Governing Board of Directors.
Sergeant Mark Davie, OSP Collision Reconstruction program manager, noted Skinner's real drive comes from a desire to bring justice to the victims of the cases he works on.
"Without Scott's dedication to duty, many of the victims would not have received justice in
their cases," said Davie.