Costa Mesa DUI Officers Honored
Costa Mesa DUI Officers were honored at a MADD luncheon. Costa Mesa DUI arrests were at an all time high in 2011, and the officers that led the most DUI arrests in Costa Mesa were awarded on March 8, 2011.
Among those 23 officers from 12 law enforcement agencies receiving the coveted Century Awards – those who accounted for 100 or more DUI arrests during 2011 – five represented Costa Mesa.
The Costa Mesa officers honored were:
Officer Jose Torres (102 arrests)
Officer Oscar Reyes (103 arrests)
Officer Crystal Rodriquez (109 arrests)
Officer Jared Shurley (113 arrests)
Officer Kha Bao (423 arrests)
OFFICER BAO’S achievement was especially noteworthy. He was Orange County’s top DUI arresting officer – the first time Costa Mesa DUI officers were honored with this award. That means that no other officer in Orange County arrested more people from any department in the entire County. The California Office of Traffic Safety director, Chris Murphy, said that Bao was probably among the top ranks for California overall for DUI arrests in CA.
Costa Mesa DUI Officers were honored by MADD in March, 2011. From 2008 to 2013, Costa Mesa police averaged 899 DUI arrests annually, according to department statistics. Three years and nine months later, Costa Mesa DUI Arrests had dropped significantly. By November, 2014, the department had reported 296 impaired driving arrests through September, down from 624 in that same period in 2013.
On January 1, 2014, the Costa Mesa Police Department discontinued its DUI enforcement team, based upon new statistics about the effectiveness and financial incentives of Orange County DUI Checkpoints, and reassigned its full-time DUI officers to patrol duty, records show the city’s drunken-driving arrests are less than half what they were in recent years.