West Slope troopers receive law enforcement awards

Officers with the Colorado State Patrol in Western Colorado were recognized for their efforts to reduce impaired driving and speeding while increasing the use of seat belts.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and Mothers Against Drug Driving presented the 2022 Law Enforcement Champion awards for the Western Slope and Mountain regions at a May 4 event at the Redlands Mesa Golf Course in Grand Junction.

The Law Enforcement Champion award winners were:

Rural Drug Recognition Expert Instructor of the Year — Dave Copeland.

Outstanding Dedication to Investigating Impaired Driving Crashes —Jeremy Tice.

Outstanding Individual Dedication to Impaired Driving Enforcement for the Western Slope Colorado State Patrol — Ben Carnes.

Outstanding Individual Dedication to Occupant Protection for the Mountain Colorado State Patrol — Nathan Turner.

Outstanding Individual Dedication to Occupant Protection for the Western Slope Colorado State Patrol — Gordon McCaslin.

Outstanding Team Dedication to Impaired Driving Enforcement for the Mountain Colorado State Patrol — Colorado State Patrol Troop 4C.

Outstanding Team Dedication to Occupant Protection for the Western Slope Colorado State Patrol — Colorado State Patrol Troop 4A.

The Durango Police Department received the award for Outstanding Team Dedication to Impaired Driving Enforcement for local law enforcement on the Western Slope. Colin Harvey, a officer with the Durango Police Department, received the award for Outstanding Individual Dedication to Impaired Driving Enforcement for local law enforcement on the Western Slope.

The Law Enforcement Champion awards recognize efforts to reduce impaired driving as well as improve traffic safety and occupant protection. This can be demonstrated by the number of citations written or arrests made during enforcement periods throughout the year.  It can also be demonstrated by drug recognition expert activity, high visibility enforcement tactics and other related activities.