Mothers Against Drunk Driving ( MADD) Colorado, along with its youth volunteers, presented 17 awards to outstanding individuals and teams of Colorado law enforcement officers and agencies who are making a difference in the community, during the 2013 MADD Colorado Law Enforcement Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony on September 18. More than 200 law enforcement officers, DA’s representatives and victim/survivors from across the state attended the event, which was held at Mile High Station in Denver. The Denver Police Museum put on a display where guests could view a of the history of policing in Colorado.
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Ofc. Dan Swint, Ofc. James Lovato, Cpl. John Blea and Ofc. Alan Ma
Officer Alan Ma is Denver's newest Drug Recognition Expert and was a guest of MADD for previous efforts on the Lakewood Police Department.
More about Denver Police recognized for three of the awards:
- Officer Dan Swint received an award for his dedication to sobriety checkpoints. These checkpoints are crucial not only for immediately taking impaired drivers off the road, but also for demonstrating to the community, through visible enforcement, that impaired driving will not be tolerated. Officer Swint has been the lead organizer for DUI Checkpoints in Denver, organizing not only the checkpoints themselves, but also the many officers, cadets and volunteers who work each checkpoint.
- Corporal John Blea was recognized for his work as a Drug Recognition Expert. Cpl. Blea has been a DRE since 1987 and has trained countless other officers as DRE’s. As more impairing substances continue to become available on the market, Drug Recognition Experts will be more important in our state. Cpl. Blea speaks at MADD panels educating DUI and DUID offenders about the dangers of their behavior.
- Officer James Lovato was awarded the MADD Hero Award. This award is given to an officer who has gone above and beyond in commitment to MADD’s mission in the local community and has an outstanding record in the area of DUI and/or underage drinking law enforcement. Officer Lovato has demonstrated his commitment to MADD’s mission through his work as a DUI Instructor at the Academy and as a Drug Recognition Expert. In addition, he excels in courtroom testimony and offers his expertise in this area to other DUI officers.
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every eight minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP.