Spokesman

A Redmond-based state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training employee recently received Oregon’s highest honor for a police officer at the state’s DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference in Bend.

Mark Linville received the Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award, which is named for an officer killed in the line of duty in 2001 on the shoulder of Interstate 5 north of Albany, at the May 4 conference. Linville teaches dozens of DUII classes each year around the region and state as part of his job as the safety standards department’s regional law enforcement training coordinator at its Central Oregon field office in Redmond, according to a news release.

Linville started working as a deputy in 1990 with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office before working as an officer with the Albany and Bend police departments. He left to join the safety standards department in 2015.

“Mark is a respected member of DPSST’s training team and is often sought out by his peers and prosecutors for his expertise and knowledge regarding DUII,” Eriks Gabliks, the department’s director, said in a statement. “We are very fortunate to have him as a member of our organization.”

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