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University Police receives MADD award

The New York State University Police at Binghamton University has received the Recognition of Excellence-Law Enforcement Service Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), in conjunction with the State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

The award was presented Nov. 18 at MADD’s Law Enforcement Recognition Luncheon in Schenectady.

“This is recognition that we are doing a good job with this combination of education and enforcement,” Deputy Chief of Police Timothy Faughnan said.

Faughnan said it was the first time the University Police had won the MADD award.

Donna Kopec, executive director of MADD’s New York state chapter, said it was “rare” for a SUNY-based police department to receive the honor.

The University Police’s educational efforts include residence hall programs on impaired driving, binge drinking and substance abuse. The department also conducts sobriety checkpoints that include educational materials about drunken driving and blood-alcohol levels, Faughnan said.

The department also stresses to students the dangers of forged licenses and false IDs, Faughnan said.

“That’s a serious crime,” he said. “(Students) can lose their licenses; they can be charged with possession of a forged instrument, which is a criminal offense.

“What we try to point out to people is: In a post-Sept. 11 world, you cannot alter your identification documents. Don’t do that; the world has changed.”

The department also was recognized when the Broome County Zone 6 Municipal Police Academy held its graduation ceremony last month at the Traditions at the Glen conference center.

New officer John Pelletier was honored by the academy for his role as platoon leader for the entire seven-month academy.  He also was awarded the Defensive Tactics award for being the highest achiever in defensive tactics, as well as receiving the Top Gun award for the highest level of marksmanship in the class.

Pelletier is one of three new University Police officers, along with Christopher Meyn and Joseph Gallagher. They were among 22 academy graduates representing agencies from Broome, Cortland and Chemung counties.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08