COLONEL LONNIE J. WESTPHAL
COLORADO STATE PATROL
Lonnie Westphal was selected as a 2003 recipient of this prestigious award for his sus-tained, continuous, and career-spanning extraordinary initiative and creativity in develop-ing and implementing traffic safety programs within and outside the State of Colorado and for the benefit of all.
Colonel Westphal joined the Colorado State Patrol in 1974. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1978, to Lieutenant in 1981, to Captain in 1983, to Major in 1991, and to Lieutenant Colonel in 1992. He was appointed its Chief on October 1, 1995, a position he held with distinction until his retirement earlier this year.
He devoted much of his professional career to improving highway safety, within Colorado and far beyond its borders. Some of the Colonel's most noteworthy achievements in this realm are:
As a veteran member of the IACP's Highway Safety Committee, he made a vital contribution to the initial publication of Traffic Safety in the New Millennium: Strategies for Law Enforcement. He also was the liaison to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators' (AAMVA's) Law Enforcement Committee, of which he served as the Chair.
He was skilled at implementing and promoting many innovative highway safety issues, among which were the cartoon character "Michael J. Frog" to highlight the harms of aggressive driving and "The Heat is On" anti-DUI campaign that has netted more than 25,000 DUI arrests since its inception and has made the Patrol Colorado's lead agency in DUI enforcement.
He initiated in Colorado a law enforcement liaison network whereby troopers from each installation marketed the benefits of safety belts. This public education effort raised statewide compliance from 55.5% in 1995, to 73.2% in 2002.
He partnered with such organizations as The Century Council, Colorado-based Coors Brewing Company, and MADD to promote anti-DUI initiatives.
Chief Westphal shared his expertise with many other law enforcement professionals beyond Colorado's borders. Significantly, he was elected by his peers the IACP's Sixth Vice President in 2000, and was serving at its Fourth Vice President at the time of his retirement.
A U.S. Navy veteran, he holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Denver; is a graduate of the FBI's National Executive Institute, as well as the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and serves on the Executive Board of the National Commission Against Drunk Driving (NCADD).
SERGEANT JOHN M. LOURENCO
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA
Sergeant Lourenco was selected as a 2003 recipient of this prestigious award for his sustained, continuous, and career-spanning extraordinary initiative and creativity in developing and promulgating traffic safety programs within the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and for the benefit of its residents.
John Lourenco joined the Virginia Beach, Virginia, Police Department in 1982 as a Patrol Officer and pursued his first love: highway safety-detecting, arresting, and prosecuting DUIs and reckless drivers. He earned his radar certification and became among the first in the Country to complete NHTSA's Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training. He was detailed a hit-and-run investigator, which earned him a position on the Fatality Crash Investigation Team and allowed him to hone his skill at computer diagramming crash scenes. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000, and currently supervises the Fatal Accident Crash Team, Motor Carrier Unit, and Hostage Negotiations Team.
As a member of Virginia Beach's first DUI Task Force, Sergeant Lourenco significantly contributed in 1988 to reducing by 50% the City's fatality rate and arrested during one, eight-hour tour of duty five DUI offenders, a record in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He successfully has coupled public education campaigns and aggressive enforcement efforts to reduce crash fatalities and injuries in Virginia Beach.
As an instructor certified by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justices Services (DCJS), he has taught the "skid car" system of defensive driving; basic and re-certification radar; NHTSA's Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) course; and DRE training in Florida, New Hampshire, Texas, and Virginia. He has made myriad presentations advocating various aspects of highway safety both to community and specialized organizations. He serves as a consultant to the Accident Reconstruction Review Team of the Transportation Safety Training Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, as a member of DCJS' Speed Measurement Advisory Committee, DCJS' Speed Measurement Advisory Committee, of Concerned Citizens Advocating Traffic Safety, and of Drive Smart Virginia. of Concerned Citizens Advocating Traffic Safety and of Drive Smart Virginia.