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Cazenovia police officers recognized by county for DWI enforcement

Members of the Cazenovia Police Department were recognized by Madison County last week for their outstanding records enforcing DWI laws. From left, Cazenovia Police Sgt. Karen Zaleski, Chief Michael Hayes, Officer Christopher Manion and Officer Richard Bennett attended the 25th annual Law Enforcement Day luncheon in Wampsville, where Zaleski, Manion and Bennett all received awards. Also honored, but not present, were Cazenovia PD Officers Stephen White and George Millet.

Members of the Cazenovia Police Department were recognized by Madison County last week for their outstanding records enforcing DWI laws. From left, Cazenovia Police Sgt. Karen Zaleski, Chief Michael Hayes, Officer Christopher Manion and Officer Richard Bennett attended the 25th annual Law Enforcement Day luncheon in Wampsville, where Zaleski, Manion and Bennett all received awards. Also honored, but not present, were Cazenovia PD Officers Stephen White and George Millet. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Five members of the Cazenovia Police Department were recognized last week for their outstanding efforts to enforce DWI laws by the Madison County Stop DWI Programs.

Cazenovia Police Sgt. Karen Zaleski, and officers Richard Bennett, Christopher Manion, Stephen White and George Millet were honored along with 14 other law enforcement officers from departments across the county at the 25th annual Law Enforcement Day Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at a ceremony at New Beginnings Church in Wampsville.

According to county records, law enforcement officers arrested 258 individuals in 2012 for driving while intoxicated. The 19 officers recognized at the Stop DWI ceremony accounted for 117, or 45 percent, of total arrests last year.

“We will never know the lives they save, just by doing their jobs,” Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley said of the honored officers to the 90 attendees of the ceremony.

Oneida County Sheriff Robert M. Maciol, keynote speaker at the event, stressed the importance of continued vigilance by law enforcement officers to keep roads safe from drunk or impaired drivers. Such drivers not only put their own lives at risk, but they also pose a serious risk to other drivers, he said.

In addition to the Cazenovia officers, personnel from the town police departments of Canastota, Chittenango, Hamilton and Oneida, as well as from the university police at SUNY Morrisville, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police Troop D also were recognized.

Officer Steven Lowell, of the Oneida Police Department, received the Karl Taylor Award in recognition of his superior commitment to the issue of impaired driving. In addition to his DWI arrests, he has also developed his department’s intern program, serves as a mentor in the program and actively talks to various groups about the dangers of drinking and driving within the Oneida area.

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