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Three OSP Roseburg Troopers Receive "Looking Beyond Traffic Ticket" Awards at ODOT Conference
Lieutenant Douglas Ladd
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
Office: (541) 440-3334

Three Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office received Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Division's "Looking Beyond the Traffic Ticket" awards Wednesday during the Annual Safety Conference held in Hood River. Troopers, deputies and officers were honored recognizing their commitment to traffic safety in Oregon.

OSP Superintendent Timothy McLain extended his congratulations to the three OSP troopers whose work reflects the commitment of all OSP troopers each day. "The work recognized by these three troopers is representative of the excellent work of what we do each day. Now that our department has been elevated back into a 24/7 work environment in six offices around the state, we should see more routine traffic-related contacts leading to the detection and apprehension of criminal offenders who use our state highway system," said McLain.
 Sr. Trooper Kevin Bennett

The following OSP troopers were honored October 28, 2009 in the "Routine Stop / Motorist Assist" category that recognizes officers who performed a routine traffic or motorist assist stop and developed probable cause that subsequently uncovered evidence of a more serious crime:
Senior Trooper Kevin Bennett was recognized for a speed-related traffic stop during which he uncovered a total of 30 kilos of cocaine in a traffic stop on Interstate 5 north of Roseburg. Two people were arrested and lodged on drug-related charges. Bennett, age 52, is a 26-year OSP veteran.
 Trooper Brian Jewell 
Trooper Brian Jewell was recognized for another speed-related traffic stop on Interstate 5 that, with the help of a drug-detection canine, led to the recovery of approximately 111 lbs. of marijuana in a covered pickup bed. One of the pickup occupants was arrested on numerous drug charges. The second occupant fled on foot and is currently wanted on charges related to the stop. Jewell, age 26, is a 3-year OSP veteran.
 Trooper Matt Bowersox 
Trooper Matt Bowersox was recognized for a traffic stop related to an equipment lighting violation during which he found approximately $250,000 cash concealed in the vehicle. The driver was arrested and lodged on a Money Laundering charge. Bowersox, age 39, is a 11-year OSP veteran.
The ODOT annual award program recognizes Oregon law enforcement officers for their active enforcement of traffic laws and a commitment to traffic safety. The award demonstrates a correlation between traffic enforcement and the detection and apprehension of criminal violators.
Questions regarding the awards can be directed to Steve D. Vitolo, Program Manager - Traffic Law Enforcement and Judicial Programs, ODOT Transportation Safety Division, at (503) 986-4446.