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Police duo win MADD award for work to keep Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills streets safe.

Halton Regional Police Constables Olga Kripak and David Rivers work every day to keep Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills roads safe and now they are being recognized for their efforts.

The two officers have been named co-recipients of the 2022 MADD Halton Region Officer of the Year Award.

The annual award is part of an initiative undertaken by MADD Halton Region to recognize officers for their commitment and contributions to the prevention, apprehension, and prosecution of impaired drivers.

Cst. Kripak, a member of the 2 District (Oakville) District Response Unit, and Cst. Rivers, assigned to Uniform Patrol in 1 District (Milton and Halton Hills), were honoured by MADD at HRPS Headquarters on Wednesday (Oct. 19).

“On behalf of the Halton Regional Police Service and the community we serve, it is my distinct pleasure to congratulate Officers Kripak and Rivers on their achievement,” said Inspector Julie Craddock of the HRPS Traffic Services Unit.

“MADD’s award is a testament to their dedication to keeping our roads safe. Their efforts on this front have, no doubt, saved lives.”

Recipients of the annual award are identified through the use of police analytics.

In 2021, Cst. Kripak and Cst. Rivers arrested a combined 36 impaired drivers. The pair also administered more than 350 roadside tests, and conducted nearly 360 hours of RIDE enforcement.

Driving while impaired remains the most prominent contributing factor to serious collisions in Canada.

On average, one-third of impaired driving charges laid are the result of members of the public calling police after observing suspected impaired driving.

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