The Dodge City Police Department, the Ford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ford County Attorney’s Office partnered together with the DUI Impact Center of Wichita on Nov. 28-29 for the annual DUI Holiday Drive for Victims.

This is the eighth year these agencies have participated in the DUI Holiday Drive for Victims.

"The Ford County Attorney’s Office thanks our local law enforcement for their commitment to keeping our roads and highways safe," said Ford County Attorney Kevin Salzman. "The annual DUI Holiday Drive for Victims is an opportunity for all of us involved in the criminal justice system to renew our commitment to helping end the senseless and needless destruction and loss of life that DUI crashes can cause."

As part of the DUI Holiday Drive for Victims, both the Dodge City Police Department and the Ford County Sheriff’s Office recognized one law enforcement officer from their respective agencies for that officer’s outstanding service in helping to reduce drunk driving in Ford County.

This year, the Dodge City Police Department recognized and honored Corporal Thad Brown.

Brown not only led the Dodge City Police Department in the number of personal enforcement actions against drunk drivers but Brown has also volunteered his time and experience at New Chance and with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The Ford County Sheriff’s Office also recognized and honored Sergeant Russell Fleming as part of the DUI Holiday Drive.

Of the officers of the Ford County Sheriff’s Office, Fleming had the highest number of personal enforcement actions against drunk drivers.

The DUI Holiday Drive for Victims looks to accomplish three goals: Acknowledge and thank law enforcement agencies and officers for their hard work and commitment to helping remove drunk drivers from the road during the busy holiday season; to increase public awareness of the prevalence and dangers of drunk driving during the busy and festive holiday season and to remember those individuals who have lost their lives in drunk driving and impaired driving crashes.

As part of the DUI Holiday Drive, agency patrol vehicles have a red ribbon tied to the antennae or some other portion of the vehicle.

On Dodge City Police patrol vehicles, a large red ribbon magnet from the DUI Impact Center is a constant fixture not only during the holiday season but all year round – a decision made by former DCPD Chief Craig Mellecker and supported by present Chief Drew Francis to recognize that public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving needs to be emphasized throughout the year.

The Dodge City Police Department, the Ford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ford County Attorney’s Office all thank the police officers, sheriff’s deputies and highway patrol troopers who sacrifice their time and comforts and risk their safety to keep motorists safe in Ford County.