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CODE Team recognized for combatting drugs

Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team was awarded the 2023 Agency of the Year for Oregon by the Western States Information Network (WSIN) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to combating drug trafficking and enhancing community safety throughout Central Oregon.

According to WSIN, this award celebrates the CODE team's exceptional leadership, dedication, strategic innovation, and significant impact on disrupting domestic and international drug-related crimes. Leveraging advanced technology, intelligence-led policing, and community engagement, the CODE team has set a benchmark for effective law enforcement practices in Oregon and beyond.

The Western States Information Network, a part of the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) centers nationwide, supports law enforcement agencies with resources and information-sharing capabilities to combat organized crime and drug trafficking.

The Agency of the Year award acknowledges the remarkable achievements of law enforcement units that have made a profound difference in their communities by using intelligence-driven, multi-agency, prosecutor-supported approaches to drug investigations.

During the award presentation, the WSIN Law Enforcement Coordinator for Oregon, said, "The CODE team's success is attributed to meticulous investigations, innovative operational tactics, and a commitment to public safety."

"This award is a testament to the hard work, resilience, and professionalism of our entire team," said Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp, a spokesperson for the CODE team. "It highlights the importance of collaboration within our unit and with our community and partner agencies. Together, we are making a tangible difference in the lives of the people we serve. This award from the Western States Information Network serves as both an honor and a motivation to persist in their mission to protect and serve the citizens of Central Oregon with unwavering dedication."


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