Originally Published: February 16, 2010 10 p.m.
Prescott police Officer Nathan Barto was recognized this past Friday night at the annual DUI Award Banquet sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, for his ongoing involvement in DUI enforcement.
Barto was one of 28 officers that were honored from across Arizona.
He was nominated for the award after making 30 percent of the DUI arrests in the Prescott Police Department's traffic section and 10 percent of the total DUI arrests department-wide this past year.
In addition, Barto is active as a drug recognition expert and a phlebotomy coordinator. He attended all the DUI task forces, sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols conducted in 2009.
He also teaches various law enforcement-related topics to community members, including DUI enforcement and rules, bicycle education and safety, and drug laws. This past year, he made such presentations five times to Prescott College resident assistants and new students.
Barto has participated in details, too, while working with other agencies in the tri-city area aimed at curbing underage buyers of alcohol. He is a chair member on the MAT Force Youth/Alcohol Panel and makes presentations at the MADD Victim Impact Panels.
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and the Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Alberto Gutier, presented Friday's awards.