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OSP "DUII Agency of the Year" - Coos Bay Area Command Office
04/28/2010
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.
 
A municipal, county and state police agency were selected from nominations for police agencies that have shown notable improvements in impaired driving enforcement taking a proactive, leadership role in their communities.  The Oregon State Police Office or Worksite selected must have also provided a willingness to aggressively train and encourage their officers to enforce DUII and drug-impaired driving laws and taken a proactive approach to deter DUII.
 
During this year's conference, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Coos Bay Area Command office was selected to receive the "DUII Agency of the Year Award for the Oregon State Police".  OSP troopers from the Coos Bay office arrested over 200 impaired drivers last year, a 26 percent increase over the number arrested in 2008, during a time when troopers were training four newly assigned recruit troopers.
 
Four troopers are certified Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) who conducted 81 evaluations, including the recognition that four people had potential emerging health concerns and needed hospital care.  One unusual incident involving a stopped reported impaired driver led to the discovery that this person had ingested a poisonous plant.  The trooper got medical personnel dispatched and helped get the driver and plant to a local emergency room possible saving a life in the process.
 
Lieutenant Steve Smartt, OSP Coos Bay Area Commander, his staff and troopers help teach classes to local law enforcement agencies and U.S. Coast Guard personnel.  They are also very active working with local media throughout the year, including major holiday periods when they are consistently near the top for DUII arrests for all OSP offices statewide.
 
Last year, the OSP Klamath Falls Area Command office received this special recognition.