|Three UTPA Police Department officers were recognized recently for their dedicated service regarding DWI education and enforcement by Mothers Against Drunk Driving of the Rio Grande Valley. Pictured left to right are Officer Marco Rodriguez, Officer Molly Ralph and Corporal Van Slusser.|
The officers were selected from a large number of fellow officers, deputies and troopers from law enforcement agencies in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties.
Officer Molly Ralph was among eight law enforcement officers in Hidalgo County to receive a 2013 Enforcement Hero Award for having the most DWI arrests last year. This is Ralph's second year receiving the award. Ralph had 15 DWI arrests in 2013.
UTPA PD Corporal Van Slusser took home a 2013 Commitment Hero Award for his strong overall dedication to DWI education or enforcement. Slusser made 13 DWI arrests in 2013 and is UTPA's lead adviser for the University's Explorer Post, which provides experiences and trainings for students interested in pursuing a law enforcement career. He oversees UTPA's DWI prevention efforts while hosting demonstration events at community or on-campus events of the Drunk Buster Pedal Karts which employ drunk goggles that simulate the effects of drunk driving. Slusser was one of five law enforcement officers in Hidalgo County to receive the award.
A 2013 Commitment to Youth Award went to Officer Marco Rodriguez. This award is presented to the officer, deputy or trooper from law enforcement agencies in Cameron County or Hidalgo County who exemplified superior commitment to underage drinking prevention through education and enforcement in 2013. Rodriguez, who assists and coordinates alcohol awareness presentations in our campus community was one of three law enforcement officers in Hidalgo County to receive this award.
UTPA Vice President for Business Affairs Martin Baylor said he was proud of the extraordinary work and dedication of Pan American's police officers and appreciated MADD's recognition of their contributions.
"I am especially proud of the accomplishments of officers Ralph and Rodriguez and Corporal Van Slusser for making our community a safe place to live, work and play," he said.