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Retired OSP Captain Receives Special Honor for Career Contributions Helping Reduce Impaired Driving in Oregon
Officer Robert Hayes
Albany Police Department
(541) 936-4881
Sergeant Michael Iwai
Oregon State Police
Oregon DECP Coordinator
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For only the third time since 1995, a special recognition award was presented last weekend during the 2010 Annual DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference held April 23 and 24 in Bend. In addition to annual awards of excellence presented to various organizations, groups, and individuals who made a significant contribution to deterring impaired driving in Oregon during 2009, an "Honorary, Special Recognition Award" was presented to a retired Oregon State Police (OSP) Captain for his efforts in reducing the impact and incidents of impaired driving.
Retired Oregon State Police (OSP) Captain Chuck Hayes 
Chair of the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force, Albany Police Officer Robert Hayes, presented the special recognition award to Mr. Charles Hayes, who following a 31-year law enforcement career now serves as the Chair of the Governor's Advisory Committee on DUII.
Charles Hayes started his Oregon law enforcement career in 1972 with the Ontario Police Department and two years later was hired by OSP. Following his first assignment at the Bend office, he embarked on a path that led to assignments and promotions to OSP offices at Salem, Albany, Oregon State Capitol, and as Captain, directing the OSP Patrol Services Division. He retired from OSP in 2003.
During presentation of the award, Task Force Chair Robert Hayes pointed out several highlights as examples of Charles Hayes impact on impaired driving enforcement, education and training. "He was truly a visionary and saw that in order to effectively reduce impaired driving, we as law enforcement, needed to partner with all of the disciplines who are touched by this senseless crime," said Robert Hayes.
The mentioned highlights included: 
  • Early during his OSP career, he looked at impairment issues other than alcohol and attended the Los Angeles Police Department's Drug Recognition Expert Training Class so he could bring this knowledge and expertise back to Oregon.
  • Appointed as the first law enforcement representative for the OLCC Alcohol Servers Advisory Board.* Designated as the OSP training coordinator for DUII detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
  • Instrumental in laying the groundwork for the DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) program to come to Oregon.
  • Promoted legislative concepts that changed Oregon's DUII laws, Oregon's Implied Consent laws, and Oregon Administrative Rules governing Field Sobriety Testing.
  • Conducted research and field studies that qualified the State of Oregon to participate in the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP).
  • Served as DRE section chair for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, representing activities of DRE programs nationwide and internationally.
  • Appointed in 1994 as Oregon's first DECP Coordinator, extended later on a national level when appointed by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to be the IACP DRE Region One Coordinator.
  • In 1998, appointed to direct the OSP Training Division followed by his promotion to Captain and director of the OSP Patrol Services Division.
  • Recipient of many awards including the Oregon Traffic Safety Award, the Public Safety Executive Training Award, and the NHTSA Public Service Award.
"His efforts have been above and beyond the call of duty and will always be an inspiration to us all," said Robert Hayes.