Law enforcement officers from across the state were recognized for their road safety law enforcement efforts at a luncheon last week. Officers from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Moundsville Police Department and Wheeling Police Department were among those recognized at a luncheon held at the Clay Center in Charleston on Wednesday.
The luncheon was presented by the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program to honor the work law enforcement officers across the state do every day to make West Virginia’s roads safer for everyone. .
The GHSP last recognized the best DUI enforcement efforts of agencies and officers at a conference in 2019 that included continuing education and guest lectures from experts across the country. Prices have been suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In years past, officers who excelled in apprehending drunk and drugged drivers were recognized for their efforts. This year, other categories are also commended, including but not limited to: seat belt enforcement, distracted driving enforcement, and speed enforcement.
In addition to individual officers, state, county and local law enforcement agencies will be honored for their dedication to reducing the number of unsafe drivers on our roads.
Many of the best DUI officers have undergone specialized training in drug impairment detection through the West Virginia Drug Evaluation and Classification Program. These officers are certified as Drug Recognition Experts after undergoing rigorous, internationally certified training that enables them to more effectively recognize and apprehend drug-impaired drivers.
“Many of our officers work hard to help make our roads safer, and it’s great to see them getting the recognition they deserve,” said Sean Snyder, Traffic Safety Program Coordinator. of the northern region.
The awards recognized the best law enforcement efforts, as well as the best use of eCitation, from 2019-2021. More than 1,800 officers and 200 agencies and detachments worked on funded law enforcement by road safety during this three-year period.
Local officers and agencies recognized for their outstanding success in road safety enforcement included:
– Deputy First Class David M. Polgar – Hancock County Sheriff’s Office – DUI Rising Star (DUI Enforcement Awards – Top Officers)
– Sergeant Robert J. Shilling – Moundsville Police Department (DUI Enforcement Awards – Top Officers)
– Patroller First Class Gerald T. Mitchell – Wheeling Police Department (Top Officers Speed Enforcement Awards)
– Wheeling Police Department (speed enforcement – major agencies)