MADD honors 2 Heights police officers

HEIGHTS – Two police officers were recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for their efforts in reducing the number of drunken drivers on the roadways.

Cpls. Bruce Krot and Shaun Pawlus were recognized at the organization’s Aug. 1 Lifesavers Award luncheon in Troy. The annual
event provides a way for MADD Michigan to recognize law enforcement officers who work to support MADD’s mission of eliminating drunken driving.

The event recognizes officers from across Michigan who demonstrate dedication and commitment to enforcing drunken driving laws. Nominations are based on each candidate’s previous year’s performance.

Krot and Pawlus led the DHPD’s 2012 Operating While Intoxicated enforcement efforts with a combined total of more than 110 arrests.
Both officers also are active participants in the department’s
Field Training Officer Program, which provides a forum for them to pass their knowledge and experience along to newer, less-experienced
officers.

“We are proud of these officers and the accomplishments they have achieved” Police Chief Lee Gavin said. “Their knowledge and experience fosters both a heightened OWI enforcement
effort, and enhanced educational efforts within our department. This contributes greatly toward the reduction of injuries and deaths due to drunk driving incidents within our community.”

MADD’s mission is to stop drunken driving, to support the victims of alcohol-related accidents, and help in reducing the incidence of underage drinking. The organization sponsors several programs and projects focused on eliminating drunken driving, as well as providing free victim services for victims and families
of drunken driving accidents, including grief support; educational and reference materials; referrals for legal, medical and financial assistance; and assistance through the court process.