MIDDLETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT HONORED AS DUI AGENCY OF THE YEAR; THREE OFFICERS RECOGNIZED FOR DUI ACHEIVEMENTS
October 2, 2015
MADD RHODE ISLAND TO RECOGNIZE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN INAUGURAL EVENT
PROVIDENCE, RI (October 2, 2015) – The Rhode Island Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is honoring local officials for their efforts in stopping substance impaired driving, supporting victims and preventing underage drinking. This event is about recognizing the good work of over 25 Law Enforcement professionals and agencies who have shown outstanding dedication to DUI enforcement, prosecution and education. In its first year, this event takes the time to recognize and thank those who are working so hard to keep our streets safe from the horrors of drunk driving.
“MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving endorses and encourages high-visibility law enforcement and continuing diligence on the part of our police, prosecutors and probation professionals.” Said Eric Creamer, MADD Rhode Island Executive Director. “This annual event is our way of saying thanks to those who dedicate their lives to this important work.”
The honorees were selected using a nomination process. Nomination forms were sent to each police department and state law enforcement agency. No candidates were reviewed if a nomination form or correspondence was not sent back to MADD. A volunteer committee reviewed each submission. Criteria included the number of DUI arrests made in 2014, whether the officer made significantly more arrests in 2014 than in previous years, the officer or department has made strides in the areas of award (i.e. underage drinking prevention, community outreach, school resource officer, drug recognition expert).
“Law enforcement has been right on the front lines in preventing and stopping drunk driving, so creating an opportunity to showcase their efforts is extremely important. They deserve so much credit for helping to keep our roadways and our citizens safe,” Creamer said. “The cultural environment around drunk driving has changed significantly since MADD started in 1980. The numbers of drunk driving crashes and related injuries and fatalities are still alarming, and that is unacceptable. Providing more awareness for both adults and youth continues to be needed. With all of the alternatives, such as public transportation, ride sharing or a designated driver, there is no excuse for someone getting behind the wheel while impaired.”
The categories and winners are:
DUI Achievement Pins – Narragansett Police Officer Lauren Antrop, Warwick Police Officer John Curley IV, Portsmouth Police Officer Ryan Goyette, Cranston Police Sergeants Anthony Sassone-McHugh and Justin Rutkiewicz, Middletown Police Officers Jaclyn Casaceli, Sean Twomey and Geoffrey Dellefratte, State Police Trooper Conor O’Donnell and West Warwick Police Officer Robert Hazard.
Officer DUI Hero of the Year – Providence Police Patrolman Michael Troia
Statewide Officer of the Year – State Police Trooper Franklin Navarro
Drug Recognition Expert of the Year – Richmond Police Corporal William Litterio
Underage Drinking Prevention – Cranston Police Department
School Resource Officer of the Year – Providence Police Officer James Washburn
Agency DUI Hero of the Year – Middletown Police Department
Community Outreach – Cranston Police Department
Statewide Prosecutor of the Year – Assistant Attorney General Jay Sullivan
State Victim Services – Mickaela Driscoll, Office of the Attorney General
More information can be found at www.madd.org/local-offices/ri
About MADD Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving was born in 1983 as a result of the advocacy of Pauline Allard, who less than a year earlier had lost her 16-year-old daughter, Denise, to the careless and preventable actions of a drunken driver. MADD Rhode Island gave victims of drunk driving in America’s smallest state a voice. The state’s chapter has been instrumental in the passage of several impaired driving and substance abuse-related legislation, including the state’s 21-year-old drinking age law and .08 blood alcohol content limit. MADD Rhode Island is home to the nation’s first TeamSpirit Youth Leadership Program, solely organized by a MADD chapter. It has been held in Rhode Island for the last 25 years.