Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Officer Black Receives Award From MADD

MADD Kansas Recognizes Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Overland Park, KS — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Kansas, presented its first annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Officer Andy Black, Overland Park Police Department, during the Operation Impact meeting on December 18, 2013.

Lori Marshall - (MADD), Officer Black, Karen Smart (MADD)
"MADD Kansas is honored to be able to recognize Officer Black for his service and dedication," said Christopher Mann, MADD Kansas Advisory Board Chair.  “His work has undoubtedly saved lives and prevented the devastation that is so often caused by drunk driving.”  

Officer Andy Black celebrated 25 years of service with the Overland Park Police Department in November of 2013.  Officer Black is a Traffic Safety Officer on the department with specialized training as a Drug Recognition Expert.  OPPD Police Chief John Douglass said, “Officer Andy Black is a dedicated Traffic safety Officer who has specialized in DUI enforcement and has made it a top priority during his career in order to save the lives of others.”

“Ensuring the safety of motorists in our city, including children, is a priority,” said Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach. “Officer Black’s commitment to protect against impaired drivers not only saves lives, but saves the individual driver from further harm and possibly death.”

MADD Kansas urges area residents to Tie One On For Safety, MADD’s signature public awareness program.  Red ribbons signify support for law enforcement officers, who will be out in force throughout Kansas and Missouri as part of Operation Impact.

“As we look forward to celebrating the holidays with family and friends, MADD is raising awareness about the importance of planning ahead and designating a non-drinking driver, especially since holidays are some of the most dangerous times on our roads.” said Mann, also a former law enforcement officer.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. PowerTalk 21® is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of Power of Parents® to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every eight minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more at or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.