ITHACA, N.Y. – Several members of local law enforcement were recognized publicly for their work in DWI prevention on Friday afternoon in Ithaca.

The Tompkins County STOP DWI association, which aims to promote DWI prevention as a top priority in the county, held their annual awards ceremony on Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn. The program, which is financially self-sustaining, is funded entirely by fines paid by convicted drunk drivers and aims to coordinate local efforts to reduce drug and alcohol-related vehicle accidents, according to their mission statement.

During the awards ceremony, several members from various law enforcement agencies received awards for their commitment to keeping the community safe, according to a press release. The following individuals and agencies were the recipients of the awards

Award of Excellence:

Officer Michael Meskill of the Ithaca Police Department

Trooper John Pensyl of the New York State Police

Trooper Jevon Pakkala of the New York State Police

Deputy Zachary Starner of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Kenneth Field of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office

Outstanding DWI Officer of the Year Award:

Deputy Eric Willman of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office

Agency Award of Excellence:

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office

Large Agency of the Year Award:

The New York State Police

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.