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Mothers Against Drunk Driving Recognizes Kent for His Commitment & Excellence in DUII Enforcement

Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his "exceptional dedication to investigating impaired driving enforcement, investigations and his tireless volunteer work around Deschutes County, including the youth prevention education organization, CLEAR Alliance."

During the event at the Alpenglow Park in Bend, Cate Duke, State Programs Manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving- Oregon said, "Kent's dedication to serving his community as a Drug Recognition Expert, DRE Instructor, SFST and Intoxilyzer 8000 instructor, as well as his skills and diligence as an investigator has saved central Oregon lives and helped provide justice for victims and their families. Kent's consistent drive to achieve and pursue excellence in all he does is commendable, and his extensive volunteer service in the community speaks volumes."

Kent has spent over 2000 hours teaching other law enforcement officers around Oregon the important skills needed to investigate impaired driving. This includes standardized field sobriety testing, breath testing, advanced roadside testing, and drug recognition expert students.

"In the battle against impaired driving, every effort counts, and every life saved is a triumph. This recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving is not just a recognition of my dedication, but a reminder of our collective commitment to making our roads safer. This includes my fellow Deputies, Troopers, Officers, ODOT staff, 911 Dispatchers, Victim Advocates and prosecutors around Deschutes County. Together, we stand as a shield against the perils of impaired driving, knowing that the support of our community and organizations like MADD is our guiding light," said Sgt. Vander Kamp. "I'm humbled and inspired to continue the fight against the dangers of impaired driving."

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness about the dangers and life altering consequences of impaired driving, while honoring those whose lives have been lost or who have suffered serious injuries in impaired driving crashes. The funds raised from this event are used to support MADD programs and services across the state. Those include Victim Services, Youth Prevention Education, Public Awareness Campaigns (media/social media educational campaigns), Law Enforcement Support, and Legislative Action Services.


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