Village police officer Edison Cruz was recognized for the second consecutive year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his commitment in the fight against impaired driving. Cruz was named “Agency Top Cop DUI Officer” for his commitment to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) enforcement.
Last year, Cruz was given the Robbie Smith Award, MADD’s top honor named after Florida Highway Patrol trooper Robert Glenn Smith who was known for his relentless commitment to DUI enforcement and killed in the line of duty.
Officer Cruz manages the Pinecrest Police Department’s DUI program, which led to 86 arrests in 2013, a 43 percent increase from 2012. Officer Cruz made 53 of the arrests.
Cruz’s efforts go beyond enforcing DUI laws. He also has taken measures to educate the public and, during the 2013 holiday season, he coordinated a DUI education program that saw several businesses allow Village police to post DUI campaign materials in their store fronts. He funded the printing of DUI posters and a banner, and arranged for a local printing company to donate design and printing services for 5,000 DUI flyers.