Austin police officer honored at Twins game

Published 11:25 am Sunday, July 31, 2016

ST. PAUL—When Miguel Sano hits a home run, the crowd goes wild and fans celebrate his accomplishment. When an officer takes a drunk driver off the road, it’s also an accomplishment that deserves recognition by Minnesotans for potentially saving a life.

To celebrate those accomplishments, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) recognized 40 law enforcement officers, troopers, deputies, and prosecutors as DWI Enforcer All-Stars during the Minnesota Twins pre-game activities at Target Field Wednesday.

Jeff McCormack of the Austin Police Department was recognized as a DWI Enforcer All Star and honored. He made 48 DWI arrests in 2015.

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In 2015, the all-stars made 2,165 combined DWI arrests across Minnesota, protecting countless innocent lives from being changed forever. An average day in 2015 consisted of 69 DWI arrests in Minnesota, a crime that is completely preventable. The ninth Minnesota DWI All-Star Team has been selected for their tireless effort in the enforcement and prosecution of drunk driving.

“One in seven Minnesotans has a DWI on their record and that’s simply unacceptable,” said Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director, in a press release. “While DWI arrests have continued to decline over the years, we still have a long way to go. We are grateful to the all-stars and all of law enforcement for taking impaired drivers off the road, and for those who are committed to finding a sober ride.”