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OSP John Day Trooper Receives OSP "DRE Officer-of-the-Year" Award
Sergeant Mike Iwai
Oregon State Police
Oregon DECP Coordinator
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(Left to right: ODOT Transportation Safety Section Manager Troy Costales, Trooper Timko, and Major Joel Lujan)
An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper assigned to the John Day work site office was recognized for his drug recognition enforcement and training efforts during the DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference held April 22 and 23 in Portland. 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 2010.

One of the awards was 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 2010 Oregon State Police "DRE Officer-of-the-Year" was awarded to Senior Trooper Erich Timko. Since joining OSP nine years ago, Timko, age 32, has worked out of the John Day work site where he has developed into a high respected resource for local law enforcement officers and troopers in this remote section of the State.
Timko was nominated for the award by his supervisor, Master Sergeant Gordon Larson, a high school principal, and the Grant County District Attorney where he quickly demonstrated his commitment and desire to remove impaired drivers from Oregon roads.
"We are very pleased whenever one of our troopers is recognized for outstanding achievements in different areas associated with their work. What makes this more special is the fact that his colleagues and those outside of our department who he has helped praised Trooper Timko's insight, advice, and mentorship," said OSP Superintendent Chris Brown.
In addition to helping several local law enforcement agencies in 2010, Timko completed 19 drug evaluations and arrested 32 DUII drivers. He also worked hard at raising community awareness related to DUII and drug issues, speaking passionately at numerous community events on topics associated with DUII, the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and drug impaired driving.
Last year's award recipient in this category for OSP was Trooper Steve Hinkle from the Salem Area Command office.