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OSP Salem Trooper Receives OSP "DRE Officer-of-the-Year" Award
04/27/2010
Sergeant Michael Iwai
Oregon State Police
Oregon DECP Coordinator
(503) 934-0267

An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper assigned to the Salem Area Command office was recognized for his drug recognition enforcement and training efforts at the 2010 Annual DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference held April 23 and 24 in Bend. 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 2009.
 
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.
Trooper Steve Hinkle 
The 2009 Oregon State Police "DRE Officer-of-the-Year" was awarded to Trooper Steve Hinkle. Since joining OSP four years ago, Hinkle, age 29, has worked out of the Salem Area Command office where he quickly demonstrated his commitment and desire to remove impaired drivers from Oregon roads.
 
Hinkle has conducted 61 DRE evaluations since completing the DRE School in 2008. Last year, he arrested 47 impaired drivers, did 33 drug evaluations, and assisted at DRE certification training in Portland. In September 2009, Hinkle completed the Instructor Development Course for Standardized Field Sobriety (SFST) testing and is now an SFST instructor.
 
Last year's award recipient in this category was Trooper Josh Young from the Coos Bay Area Command office.