The Eden Prairie Police Department blog provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the people who work there — their stories, their lives, their work in Eden Prairie and their thoughts on topics from driving to dogs.
Last week Officer Chad Streiff received the Silver Pin Award from MADD for the 66 DWI arrests he made in 2018. Officer Streiff received the award at the MADD Statewide Recognition Awards ceremony, along with 109 other officers from around the state. Of the 11,000 sworn officers in Minnesota, this group of 110 officers made 58% of all of the DWI arrests in Minnesota last year.
Officer Streiff’s supervisor, Sgt. Tom Lowery, was nominated for the MADD “Leading From the Front” award, given to a leader who has made impaired driving a focus of his or her department and has inspired their officers to take up the fight against impaired driving.
The EPPD nominated Sgt. Lowery for this honor as a result of his tireless work on both the prevention and enforcement of drunk driving. In the past year, he has used social media and other platforms to discuss the hazards of drunk driving and how to prevent it. He has also used statistics and information on drunk driving arrests in Eden Prairie to enhance his messages. In addition, Sgt. Lowery organized multiple impaired driving enforcement details to pull impaired drivers off the road.
To date in 2019, there have been 85 DWI arrests in Eden Prairie. Don’t be the next one. Plan ahead if you’ll be drinking and arrange for a safe ride home. If you’re impaired, call a taxi or ridesharing program, use public transportation, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely. If you see an impaired driver on the road, promptly call 911. You could save someone’s life.
Photo: Chief Greg Weber, Officer Chad Streiff and Sgt. Tom Lowery at the MADD Awards