Mothers Against Drunk Driving has named a Murfreesboro law enforcement official as the Tennessee Officer of the Year for his efforts in combating alcohol-related offenses.
Officer Kenneth White accepted the Officer of the Year award Sunday during a MADD Law Enforcement and Volunteer recognition program held at the Shamblin Theatre on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville.
Glenn Chrisman, chief of the Murfreesboro Police Department, offered praise Tuesday for his dedication to preventing drunk driving in Rutherford County, noting White consistently strives to keep the city safe.
“The department is proud of Officer White’s recognition, as he has relentlessly worked to make Murfreesboro safer by taking impaired drivers off our streets,” Chrisman said.
White is a member of the Murfreesboro Police Alcohol Countermeasures Team, a three-officer unit implemented to intensively enforce alcohol violations, especially driving under the influence.
As of this month, White has arrested than 150 offenders this year, said Sgt. Kyle Evans, public information officer for the Police Department.
“White has been a member of the MADD 100 Club since 2005 for consistently arresting over 100 DUI offenders each year,” Evans said.
Evans said White was recently awarded the MADD Hero Award for high rates of DUI arrests and convictions at the Governors Highway Safety Lifesavers Conference.
White also serves on victim impact panels that work to restore and support those who have been impacted by DUI offenders.
“There is no doubt that his contributions have made an impact on offenders and victims alike,” Chrisman said. “We are thankful for his efforts as well as those from the other officers assigned to MPACT. We congratulate Officer White and encourage him to continue in his hard work.”
Founded more than 25 years ago by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, MADD is nonprofit organization that works to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking through various public service initiatives.