Department of Justice and United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa Commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Two local police officers are being honored this week by the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their commitment to reducing drug abuse in their communities. The recipients of the 2016 Enrique S. Camarena Award are Officer Al Fear of the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Officer Dustin Lindaman of the Waterloo Police Department.
The award is named after Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was an 11-year veteran agent of the DEA before being kidnapped, brutally tortured and then murdered in Mexico in 1985 while working undercover gathering information and evidence about drug lords. This award is presented each year to local law enforcement officers who best exemplify the qualities and principles for which Agent Camarena gave his life—specifically, making their communities a safer place to live through outstanding drug prevention and enforcement efforts.
This year’s award recipients have gone above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of a drug-free community:
Kevin W. Techau, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa commented on this year’s award recipients, stating, “The communities these officers serve are safer because of their hard work and dedication. They richly deserve the honor of receiving the Enrique S. Camarena award. Officer Lindaman’s work highlights the enormous value of the School Resource Officer program, which places police officers in schools around the state working on drug abuse prevention while promoting school safety. Through his tireless efforts, Officer Lindaman has established a high level of trust with Central students, serving as both a role model to students and an important source of education and information about the dangers of drug abuse. Officer Fear, in conjunction with both law enforcement and community efforts, has led a strong effort to prevent and combat the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic across Easten Iowa.”
Darin T. Thimmesch, the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the DEA also commented on this year’s award, stating, “The DEA is committed to working with our law enforcement partners at all levels to reduce the availability and abuse of illicit drugs in the communities we serve. We are honored to be a part of this distinguished award presentation in memory of fallen DEA Special Agent Enrique S. Camarena. Special Agent Camerena gave his life fighting against the powerful drug cartels in Mexico while trying to protect the country he served from evils of drug distribution and abuse. This award exemplifies the outstanding investigative efforts of these law enforcement officers in disrupting the illegal activities of the drug trafficking organizations operating in and around the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids communities, as well as preventing the further distribution of these highly addictive, deadly drugs.”
The Enrique S. Camarena Award is presented each year during Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.
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