MADD honors Vasiloff

Sgt. Peter Vasiloff of the East Syracuse Police Department recently earned a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) award for outstanding dedication to highway safety and anti-DWI efforts in New York state.

"Sgt. Vasiloff was chosen as an award winner due to his diligent DWI enforcement and his participation with educational speeches at schools regarding underage drinking, which are both important pieces of MADD's mission," said Michele Fonda, senior program coordinator, MADD.

The size of the force and the number of arrests made by the individual law enforcement officers also factors in determining which officers are to receive the awards.

"Sgt. Vasiloff arrested 60 drunk drivers, issued 300 uniformed traffic tickets, 15 felony arrests, 45 misdemeanor arrests and 20 bench warrant arrests in the first nine months of 2009 alone," Fonda said. "[He] accomplished these efforts while still balancing his supervisory responsibilities and participating with the youth, which is quite an accomplishment."

The East Syracuse Police Department employs nine full-time police officers (one chief, two sergeants and six officers), and four part-time officers. Vasiloff was hired as a police officer in July 2002; he was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2003. Currently, Vasiloff works as a patrol supervisor for the overnight shift. He is a certified radar/lidar operator, a breath test operator, certified police instructor and certified firearms instructor.

"Sgt. Vasiloff is diligent in his patrol and recognizes the importance of DWI enforcement," said Police Chief Don Morris, who nominated Vasiloff for the award. "[He] is aware of the dangers that intoxicated drivers present to the general public."

MADD honored more than 20 police officers throughout the state at an awards ceremony held Nov. 17 in Albany.

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