Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony

If you have never heard of or been apart of the Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony, this should be the year you check it out. What is the Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony you ask? Each year the Cascade County DUI Task Force recognizes members of our local law enforcement agencies for their various and continued efforts to combat drunk and impaired driving in Cascade County. This year’s ceremony is May 26th (check out our events section for more details). If you didn’t get a chance to come to last year’s ceremony, here are the award winners:

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Cascade County Sheriff Deputy Steve Brunk

Deputy Steve Brunk. As a highly skilled Training Officer, Deputy Brunk has educated his fellow Officers as to the negative impact drunk/impaired driving has towards overall driving safety. Through his efforts, 54 DUI arrests were made in 2013 compared to the 38 made in 2012. Officer Brunk led his Patrol Division in DUI enforcement by making eleven of those DUI arrests himself. His effective training style, knowledge base, and overall commitment towards his training duties has directly resulted in producing a higher caliber of new Deputies ready to perform their duties in a faster time frame.

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Probation & Parole Officer Kenny LaMere

Adult Probation and Parole Officer Kenny Lamere. Probation & Parole Officer Kenny Lamere has distinguished himself as one of the best in his field. During his seven years, Officer Lamere has worked closely  with many law enforcement agencies and treatment specialists to better supervise and assist the many offenders that are under his realm of responsibility. Officer Lamere facilitates many groups designed to educate and empower offenders to give them the best opportunity to successfully enter back into the community. During his tenure in the Cascade County Treatment Court, Officer Lamere has been given credit by many repeat DUI offender graduates for his positive involvement and support. His efforts directly resulted in their successful completion of the program making them less likely to reoffend.

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Senior Police Officer Frank Torrez

Senior Police Officer Frank Torres. The Great Falls Police Department proudly nominates Senior Police Officer Frank Torres for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Officer Frank Torres understands the  importance of community safety within our county and is a key player in the cities overall DUI enforcement efforts. He realizes the importance of reducing vehicle  accidents and the cost and heartache they can bring. In 2013, Officer Torres individually made 15 DUI arrests resulting in 15 potential deaths or injuries from occurring within the Great Falls area. Officer Torres is a conscientious and detail driven individual whose accurate reporting results in successful prosecution of his cases.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Don Lee could not attend

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Don Lee could not attend

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Don Lee. Trooper Lee has only been four years on patrol and is already considered a leader in his field. During the past year, Trooper Lee has made 14 DUI arrests including one arrest being under the influence of drugs. Additionally, he is an avid enforcer of seat belt and child restraint usage and has issued 127 citations for failure to use. His thorough investigations and concise reporting of these offenses has a direct impact on how the Cascade County Attorney successfully prosecutes these cases. Trooper Lee’s commitment towards his job, outstanding work ethic, and safety conscious mindset benefits not only himself and the Cascade County Highway Patrol Division but the Citizens of our county as well.