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OSP Toxicology & Implied Consent Unit Receives Award from Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force
04/25/2011
Sergeant Michael Iwai
Oregon State Police
Oregon DECP Coordinator
(503) 934-0267
 
Randall Wampler, Director
Forensic Services Division
(503) 934-0237

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(Left to right: ODOT Transportation Safety Section Manager Troy Costales and OSP Forensic Scientist Emily Lawler)
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During 18 years of the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force Conference, the Task Force has given two "Honorary Special Recognition" awards. At last weekend's 2011 DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force Conference in Portland, the award was presented a third time April 22 to the Oregon State Police (OSP) Forensic Services Division's Toxicology & Implied Consent Unit.
 
The "Honorary Special Recognition Award" is reserved for a person or group who serves the impaired driving community in such a capacity that impacts a sweeping range of disciplines. This year's presentation was the first time that the award was given to an agency and not an individual, recognizing the outstanding service provided by the Toxicology & Implied Consent Unit for helping prosecute the impaired driver.
 
The work by 13 employees who make up the OSP Forensic Services Division's Toxicology & Implied Consent Unit has proven to be invaluable throughout the State. In 2010, this Unit handled over 6,200 toxicology-related requests. In addition to laboratory testing of DUII evidence and assisting the State Medical Examiner, the Toxicology Unit testified over 100 times on Implied Consent panels / breath alcohol issues as well over 190 times on toxicology / blood alcohol issues.
 
The Toxicology & Implied Consent Unit assists in training Oregon police officers and prosecutors in regards to toxicology and evidence preservation. As questions arise in court, the Unit will be called upon by officers and prosecutors to help answer questions regarding a case or an argument in court.
 
"This group of dedicated individuals works quietly behind the scenes in support of the State Medical Examiner and those who are out there enforcing and prosecuting impaired drivers. The recognition by the Task Force really does show there is more to ‘CSI' work than what we see on television. It is important work truly deserving of this special recognition," said OSP Superintendent Chris Brown.
 
The Forensic Services Division is a nationally accredited forensic laboratory system serving all state and local law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and prosecuting attorneys in Oregon. The Division also performs forensic analysis on criminal cases for the defense upon a court order. As Oregon's only full service forensic laboratory system, our analysts provide technical assistance and training, evaluate and analyze evidence, interpret results, and provide expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.
 

There are six regional OSP Forensic Services Division laboratories in Bend, Central Point, Ontario, Pendleton, Portland, and Springfield. The Toxicology & Implied Consent Unit has a unit supervisor and 8 analysts in Portland and four analysts in Springfield.