Trooper Adam Walport issues a ticket for a traffic violation between Gold Hill and Central Point Friday. Walport has been recognized as DUII Enforcement Officer of the year for the state of Oregon. Mail Tribune / Julia Moore - Julia Moore

Fighting the Good Fight

Astate trooper based in Central Point, a Jackson County deputy district attorney and a local rehabilitation agency have been recognized for their efforts in combatting drunken driving.

Trooper Adam Walport, who is assigned to the Central Point Area Command office of the Oregon State Police has been recognized as DUII Enforcement Officer of the Year for the state of Oregon. Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Laura Cromwell, meanwhile, has been named Oregon's DUII Prosecutor of the Year.

The pair received their recognition at the 2012 annual DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference held April 20-21 in Canyonville.

At the same conference, the Medford-based Addictions Recovery Center was recognized as the DUII Treatment Provider of the Year. The award is presented annually to "an alcohol/drug treatment provider instrumental in providing, supervising or developing a unique, effective and efficient treatment program(s) within their community or within the state."

Walport was chosen for his award from among all police officers in the state, including from city police departments, county sheriff's offices and the OSP.

Walport, 28, joined OSP in December 2007. He was responsible for more than 130 DUII arrests, 30 percent of the total DUII arrests reported in 2011 by the Central Point Area Command office.

"He's a hardworking guy, extremely dedicated and loyal to the mission of the agency," OSP Lt. Kelly Collins said. "He's very passionate about removing intoxicated drivers from the roadways. He's been commended by numerous people in our law enforcement community on his demeanor. I wish I could Xerox him."

Medford police Sgt. Don Lane nominated Cromwell for the prosecutor award, saying she "is one of the key players in the fight against impaired driving in Jackson County."

The task force description of the prosecutor award says it recognizes "a leader in their jurisdiction in providing prosecution guidance, training, or leadership in deterring DUII through effective prosecution efforts."

Jackson County prosecuted 1,639 DUII cases in 2011. Cromwell was hired by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office in 2007.

The Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force presented its annual awards of excellence to various groups, and individuals who contributed to deterring impaired driving in Oregon during 2011. The Hillsboro Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Office were recognized as the top city and county agency respectively.

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