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OSP Troopers and Collision Reconstruction Unit Receive OPOA Awards
11/23/2009
Sergeant Michael Stupfel
Oregon State Police
Collision Reconstruction Program Manager
Patrol Services Division/GHQ
Office: (503) 934-0264
 
Oregon Peace Officer's Association
Larry Stevens
Business Secretary
Phone: (503) 393-9237

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Left to right: OPOA President Mark Posler, Sergeant Davie (OSP Albany) and Senior Trooper Pierce (OSP Astoria)
 
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Left to right: OPOA President Mark Posler, Senior Trooper Skinner (OSP Ontario), Senior Trooper Craig (OSP Bend), Senior Trooper Willis (OSP Roseburg), and Senior Trooper Pierce (OSP Astoria)
 
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and an OSP technically-trained unit received two special awards Friday night from the Oregon Peace Officer's Association (OPOA) during their annual awards banquet in Newport. The OPOA presents awards to law enforcement personnel who have performed exemplary deeds or services on behalf of their communities during the previous year.
 
The first OPOA award, the "Distinguished Service Award", is given to any Criminal Justice Employee for exceptional accomplishments that distinguishes them while performing highly creditable or unusual actions. One of the factors considered in presenting this award is that, in an exceptional manner, the recipient(s) successfully conducted a long-term investigation or solved a neighborhood problem that had a tremendous impact on the community.
 
Two OSP officers presented the "Distinguished Service Award" were Sergeant Mark Davie, OSP Albany Area Command, and Senior Trooper James Pierce, OSP Astoria Area Command, for the difficult and professional work they completed during the aftermath of the Woodburn bombing investigation. Specially trained in collision reconstruction and crime scene mapping, Sergeant Davie and Senior Trooper Pierce worked tirelessly as part of the investigation into the tragic deaths of an OSP bomb technician and a Woodburn police captain, and critical injuries to the police chief for Woodburn.
 
The second OPOA award, the "Unit Citation Award", is presented to an established group that distinguishes themselves and brings credit to the law enforcement profession by highly credible and unusual acts in the performance of police or community service. Award recipients are recognized for a significant and lasting contribution to the law enforcement profession.
 
In recognition for their unit's work, the Oregon State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit was a recipient of the OPOA "Unit Citation Award". Under the direction of Statewide Program Coordinator, Sergeant Mike Stupfel, the OSP Collision Reconstruction Unit is comprised of three Region Reconstructionists, sixteen Area Command Reconstructionists, and 31 Area Command Technical Crash Investigators.
 
The OSP Collision Reconstruction Unit is one of the only police organizations in the nation to require their Collision Reconstructionists to hold and maintain accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR). OSP Collision Reconstructionists are required to provide training to outside agencies, mentor all police in the proper application of collision reconstruction practices, provide case preparation, and be available at any time to respond and provide on scene expertise for OSP and any other requesting law enforcement agency.
 
Representing the OSP Collision Reconstruction Unit at the OPOA awards banquet were Senior Trooper Scott Skinner, OSP Ontario Area Command; Senior Trooper James Pierce, OSP Astoria Area Command; Senior Trooper Jeff Willis, OSP Roseburg Area Command; and, Senior Trooper Joe Craig, OSP Bend Area Command.