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OSP Grants Pass Trooper Receives "Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award"
04/27/2010
Sergeant Michael Iwai
Oregon State Police
Oregon DECP Coordinator
(503) 934-0267

During 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 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 past year.
 
Senior Trooper Ken Snook 
The recipient of the 2009 "Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award" is Senior Trooper Ken Snook from the OSP Grants Pass work site. Senior Trooper Snook, age 54, joined OSP 25 1/2 year ago and has worked out of the Grants Pass and Medford offices. In total, Snook has worked in law enforcement for 33 years.
 
Early in Snook's career it was evident that he had a special passion for DUII enforcement. In 1998 he became an instructor and has been teaching law enforcement officers throughout the state, including nearly 200 hours of classroom instruction last year. In 1995 he attended the first DRE (Drug Recognition Evaluation) school held in Oregon and became a DRE instructor that same year. As an instructor he has had a direct impact on over 300 DRE students and over 2,100 law enforcement officers, paramedics, attorneys and medical professionals in drug and alcohol identification and/or detection.
 
Snook has arrested over 1,650 impaired drivers and conducted over 400 DRE evaluations. He is the DRE Regional Coordinator in southern Oregon and has been declared an expert in both state and federal courts, often being requested to assist with local DRE/DUII cases.
 
Previously, Snook received OSP's "DRE of the Year" in 2000 and 2002, and in 1995 was selected "DUII Trainer of the Year".
 
Last year's recipient of this award was OSP Senior Trooper Steve Webster from the Salem Area Command office.