Onondaga County police and agencies recognized for traffic safety
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Ikuru Kuwajima / The Post-Standard North Syracuse Police Officer Jeff Tripp patrols on Aug. 10, 2006, using Mobile Plate Hunter 900. That's a $20,000 machine that detects stolen cars or unregistered license plates with the two digital cameras on the top of the car. A computer is connected to the cameras. Tripp was honored this week for issuing 1,330 a tickets in a year.
Syracuse, NY -- Eleven officers and six police departments were recognized Tuesday at the 23rd Annual Recognition Ceremony by the Onondaga County Traffic Safety Advisory Board.
The event at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse honors people who are leaders in traffic safety.
Here are the winners: the Onondaga County District Attorney’s STOP DWI Awards went to Syracuse Police Officers Varoosh Zarian and Dzenan Selmovic.
The Gerald E. Deitz Individual Safety Service Award went to David Isbell, the regional emergency manager for the New York State Department of Transportation.
The John H. Mulroy Traffic Safety Government Service Award went to Baldwinsville Police Chief Michael Lefancheck.
Officers who issued the most tickets for driving while impaired, seatbelts and speeding were also recognized.
In the small police agency category, East Syracuse Police Sgt. Peter Vasiloff was honored for his 51 DWI arrests; Solvay Police Officer Anthony Farella was recognized for issuing 133 speeding citations from Oct. 1, 2009 through September 30; and New York State Park Police Officer Daniel Matthews was recognized for issuing 102 safety and child restraint device tickets in Onondaga County.
In the large police agency category, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Passino was honored for his 68 DWI arrests; Syracuse Police Sgt. Joel Cordone was recognized for issuing 637 speeding citations; and New York State Trooper Todd Madely was honored for his 155 occupant restraint citations during the reporting period.
The top overall performer from a town or village police department was repeat winner North Syracuse Police Officer Jeff Tripp for issuing a total of 1,330 citations during the reporting period.
Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Strom was selected as the top performer from a large police agency for issuing 1,933 total tickets.
The advisory board presented its Aggressive Criminal Enforcement award to New York State Trooper Michael Schwarz who made traffic stops that resulted in taking criminals into custody.
ShoppingTown Mall, DeWitt, was recognized for hosting the Share the Road Expo held Sept. 11.
The Norma H. Coburn Traffic Safety Community Service Award went to cable news station YNN.
AAA of Western and Central New York presented two Gold Awards and four Platinum Awards to local police departments.
Gold awards went to the DeWitt Police Department and the Liverpool Police Department.
The Baldwinsville, Camillus, East Syracuse, and Manlius Police Departments each received Platinum awards.