Five Edina police officers were recognized at the annual MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Statewide Recognition Award Program May 14. The program highlights individuals who, in their work or daily lives, embrace MADD’s mission to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.
Officers Jesse Penman, Richard Harr and Jake Heckert each received the Bronze Pin Top Enforcer Award. Bronze Pins are awarded to officers who made 25-49 DUI arrests in the past year.
Penman also received the Outstanding Rookie Award which is given to rookie officers who made a difference in 2018 by going above and beyond in the area(s) of education, prevention, policy or enforcement and whose efforts are making an impact in reducing alcohol-related death and injury on Minnesota's roads.
Officer Jaren Zech was awarded the Silver Pin Top Enforcer, which is given to officers who made 50-99 DUI arrests in the past year.
Officer Ben Wenande took home the highest Top Enforcer recognition and received the Red Medallion for making over 150 DUI arrests in 2018.
"Five Edina officers were recognized for their outstanding efforts towards DWI enforcement in 2018. The Edina Police Department proved once again it is one of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the state when it comes to enforcing drunken driving,” said Sgt. David Boosalis. “These officers would not have been able to achieve the high number of DWI arrests if it was not for the other officers, dispatchers and administrative staff who completed impound reports, assisted in booking, completed criminal history checks, completed and filed the paperwork, and answered calls for service.”
For more information about Edina’s DUI arrests, contact the Police Department at 952-826-1610.