LOCAL CHP OFFICER GETS CALIFORNIA HERO AWARD

LOCAL CHP OFFICER GETS CALIFORNIA HERO AWARD

A Morongo Basin CHP officer received an award Saturday in Sacramento from the California Chapter of Mothers against Drunk Driving. Officer Jake Griffith of Yucca Valley was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his outstanding work as a drug recognition expert, or DRE. A drug recognition expert, by examining a person suspected of being under the influence of a drug, can reliably identify the distinguishing signs and symptoms of seven broad categories of drugs.

Griffith DRE MADD Award 2014 copy

Members of the Morongo Basin CHP office were in Sacramento Saturday when Officer Jake Griffith (second from right), picked up an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. From left: Morongo Basin Area Lieutenant Commander Dan Delong; Inland Division Assistant Chief Tom McCreary; Riverside Area Officer Ed Holloway (received the MADD Hero Award for most DUI arrests in Inland Division for 2013); Morongo Basin Area Officer Jake Griffith; Inland Division Chief Bill Siegl.

The Morongo Basin Area of the California Highway Patrol currently has six officers assigned as DREs. Griffith was one of five DREs in the state selected for the MADD California Hero Award based on the number of drug recognition evaluations he conducted in 2013. Griffith has been assigned to the Morongo Basin CHP office since 2009.

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