SALEM – John Day Police Officer Mike Durr was awarded the Victor G. Atiyeh “Outstanding Student” award on Feb. 20, following his graduation from the basic police course at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in Salem.
The award is given to the outstanding student of each basic class, as selected by their fellow students and the academy staff. It recognizes exceptional professionalism through an exemplary attitude and noteworthy achievement in leadership, academics, health and fitness, and survival skills.
Only about a dozen or so law enforcement officers from across the state receive the honor each year.
The Atiyeh award is named for the former Oregon governor who, among other accomplishments during his term of office, was instrumental in establishing the Oregon Public Safety Academy where the standards and training program is held.
Durr, retired from the Oregon State Police, spent five years as a reserve officer with John Day Police. The city department hired him full time a year ago to assist with patrols in Prairie City, through a contract arrangement between the two towns.