CSU Stanislaus police officer Aimee Powers will be honored by two organizations in the coming months for her efforts in battling drunk driving and her overall performance and integrity.
Powers, also a CSU Stanislaus alumna, will be one of several officers to receive the California Hero Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at the organization's California Statewide Law Enforcement and Community Recognition event on June 1 in Sacramento.
In addition, Powers has been named Officer of the Year by the Stanislaus Civitan Club, and she'll be recognized along with other area law enforcement personnel during the annual Civitan Awards Ceremony on May 23 in Modesto.
"Officer Powers has consistently proven herself as a dedicated and hardworking peace officer with a balanced approach," Police Chief Steven Jaureguy said. "Her success is a direct result of putting integrity first, placing service before self, and striving for excellence in all that she does."
Jaureguy said in addition to exceeding performance standards, leading the department in drunk driving arrests and participating often in saturation patrols, Powers has undertaken many outreach and prevention efforts. She has been a part of the university's Fatal Vision Goggles demonstration, the Thirsty Thursday alcohol awareness program, and the SMART Day (Students Managing Alcohol Responsibility Together) program, among others.
Powers graduated from CSU Stanislaus in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, and she joined the University Police Department in December 2010 and won Rookie of the Year in the 2011 Staff Recognition Awards.
The MADD recognition will come during a statewide event for the national organization, honoring law enforcement officers throughout California for their efforts toward stopping drunk driving and underage drinking. And Powers will be honored by the Stanislaus County chapter of Civitan International, an association of service clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs, with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.