FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2022
GRAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PATROL DIVISION RECOGNIZED FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT CHAMPION TEAM AWARD
GRAND COUNTY, CO – On June 1, 2022, two members of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Deputy Steve Hines and Deputy Dustin Barbee, were honored to accept the 2022 Outstanding Team Dedication to Impaired Driving Enforcement Award for the Mountain / Local Law Enforcement Region from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The Law Enforcement Champion Awards night took place at The Westin in Westminster.
The Outstanding Team Dedication to Impaired Driving Enforcement award was presented to a team that demonstrated outstanding dedication to drunk and drugged driving enforcement. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division has shown a commitment to visible and proactive enforcement including public awareness and outreach, community education, and professional development.
Lieutenant Chad Yurich supervises and manages the Patrol Division for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Through Lieutenant Yurich’s leadership, the Patrol Division has made a commitment to ensuring safe roadways and reducing accidents and fatalities due to impaired driving. This is evident in the consistent and dedicated enforcement of removing impaired drivers from the road equally both during official grant funded periods as well as every other day of the year. The direction and goals provided by Command Staff leadership is vital to every agency’s success. The high work ethic of each Patrol Deputy is directly influenced by the integrity, dedication and moral character of those in ranks above them. Lieutenant Yurich and his Patrol team are to be commended for their perseverance and dedication in keeping the citizens and visitors of Grand County safe.
Grand County sets the example for a best practice with our professional partnership with our local law enforcement agencies on High Visibility Impaired Driving Enforcement (HVE) to join together as a Joint Task Force for our region. Kremmling Police Department, Granby Police Department and Fraser Winter Park Police Department all work in unison to provide additional overtime DUI shift coverage throughout the year.
“The cooperation of our local partner agencies is vital to the success of High Visibility Impaired Driving Enforcement in Grand County.” Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin stated, “As Sheriff, I am thankful and honored to serve in a community that values strong relationships within public safety. It is through support and mutual assistance with one another that we truly have the ability to remain focused on keeping the public safe.”