Steamboat police chief recognized by MADD
Steamboat Springs Police Chief Cory Christensen has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving Colorado for his efforts in helping to prevent underage drinking.
Christensen was nominated for the award by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition.
The organization works in Routt, Moffat and Grand counties and aims to prevent substance abuse by building awareness and educating communities about alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues.
When nominating Christensen, Grand Futures noted that minor in possession of alcohol arrest rates dropped 48 percent in 2015 and an additional 18 percent in 2016.
In 2012, there were 146 minor in possession arrests, which dropped to 35 arrests in 2016.
The organization identified these statistics as some of the success stories in Steamboat.
Christensen was presented with the award May 31.
“It’s a pretty prestigious award and was presented in front of over 250 people in Denver,” Grand Futures Routt County director Lexi Miller said.
MADD presented awards to 21 people and agencies during the annual law enforcement recognition dinner.
“I appreciate the partnership with Grand Futures in working on prevention strategies with our youth,” Christensen said. “This recognition is due to a team effort.”
Also during the dinner, Denver Police Department Corporal Dan Swint was named the Col. Mark V. Trostel Officer of the Year.
At the end of his 26-year career, Swint’s patrol car was hit by a drunk driver while Swint was arresting another drunk driver. Swint was forced to retired because of his injuries.
“In 2017, impaired driving crashes have affected thousands of Coloradans,” Colorado State Patrol Chief Scott Hernandez said in a news release. “Through continued partnerships and dedicated officers, we will continue to strive towards the goal of eliminating impaired driving.”
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