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  Officer Receives National Recognition

Sep 28, 2011 11:11 ET

Durham Regional Police D/Cst. Dave Ashfield was recognized at the National MADD Canada Volunteer Award dinner on Sep. 24.

The officer was presented with the Terry Ryan Memorial Award for Excellence in Police Services by MADD Canada President Denise Dubyk. The award is presented to officers who work tirelessly in their communities to stop impaired driving and to support victims of this violent crime.

“D/Cst. Dave Ashfield is exactly what this award of excellence stands for,” said his nominator and MADD Durham Region Chapter President Michelle Crabb. “His innovative ideas and commitment to stop impaired driving were key to a successful Festive R.I.D.E. program that saved countless lives.”

He was recognized for his work in coordinating the 2010 Festive R.I.D.E. , during which over 10,000 vehicles were stopped and 292 impaired charges and roadside suspensions were laid. He also worked with other community partners in the fight against impaired driving, like the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and local bar owners. The AGCO has taken the statistics from his 2010 campaign to start a pilot project with other police services across Ontario.

D/Cst. Ashfield is once again heading the Festive R.I.D.E. program for the 2011/2012 holiday season and DRP would like to congratulate him on his award and for his continued efforts in making Durham Region the safest place to live, work and play.

Below are attached files.
MADD thumb (JPG file, 34.7K bytes)
D/Cst. Ashfield with members from MADD Durham Region (JPG file, 121.9K bytes)