Springfield Police Officer Tyler Edwards was among those recognized by Tennessee’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his efforts to remove impaired drivers from Tennessee roadways.
Edwards received the Bronze Enforcement Award during MADD’S National Night of Remembrance, which took place Dec. 11 in Nashville.
“This award is given to law enforcement who have made 25 or more DUI arrests in a calendar year, with at least a 75 percent current conviction rate,” Public Affairs Coordinator Candice Tillman said.
Tillman said Edwards first joined the Springfield Police Department in November 2018. He became a K9 officer in May 2019. Edwards and K9 partner, Axel, have been working together to best serve and protect the people of Springfield.
According to Springfield Police Capt. Madison Burnett, Edwards was one of 111 officers across Tennessee to be recognized for his work in DUI enforcement.
“We have had officers recognized for different types of awards, but that’s the first Mothers Against Drunk Driving award I can remember,” Burnett said.
MADD was first founded in 1980, and their message has spread across the county. According to the MADD website, their mission “is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking.”