Occoquan Police Officer Recognized for Outstanding Efforts in DWI Enforcement

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Provided by Town of Occoquan

Occoquan Police Officer Brent Barker has been honored by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) with the 2020 MADD Virginia Law Enforcement Award.  He is one of over 200 law enforcement officials throughout Virginia recognized for their outstanding efforts in DWI enforcement and education. Awards were announced during MADD’s Virtual Statewide Day of Recognition on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Each year, MADD recognizes the brave men and women of Virginia for their commitment to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. Law enforcement plays a critical role in the fight to eliminate this 100 percent preventable crime.

During 2019, Officer Barker made 25 impaired driving arrests. That was the most DUI/DUID arrests in the Town of Occoquan jurisdiction by any law enforcement department in the past five years.  As part of a preventive safe ride home initiative, Officer Barker assisted in arranging for several intoxicated/impaired people to get home safely without driving. Officer Barker has done an excellent job trying to keep the community safe and free from impaired drivers.

Statewide Event Sponsor State Farm

Together with Statewide Event Sponsor State Farm, the Virginia office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognized Heroes from around Virginia who champion MADD’s mission.  Throughout of the month of October, MADD Virginia will highlight the great work of each award recipient on their Facebook page, @MADD.Virginia.

“Every day at State Farm we see the devastating toll automobile crashes have on families. We are committed to helping drivers understand the importance of sobriety behind the wheel,” said State Farm spokesperson Kate Beadle. “We want to thank the officers who are being recognized for helping educate others and keep our roadways safe.”

MADD hosts law enforcement and community recognition events across the country. These events provide an opportunity to honor outstanding service in the fight to create a future of No More Victims®. View all of this year’s winners of the MADD Virginia Law Enforcement Awards on MADD Virginia’s Facebook page, @MADD.Virginia or visit Madd.org/Virginia.


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