OLYMPIA – The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) honored Officer Mark Brinkman of the Lynnwood Police Department as its 2016 Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) of the Year. Local LELs support traffic safety task forces and their coordinators, called Target Zero Managers (TZMs), in regions around Washington State. They serve as the “go-to” person for law enforcement agencies during High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) campaigns organized by that region’s task force.
Officer Brinkman is described as truly dedicated to the HVE traffic safety model in Region 10 (Snohomish County), and works hard behind the scenes of these emphasis patrols. He is known for donating his own time, even after his LEL funding has been spent. For the better part of a year, Region 10 was without a TZM, and Officer Brinkman did an immense amount of work to keep the program going. He worked with 2 interim TZMs, and at times, acted as the interim TZM himself. He managed meetings, coordinated HVE patrols, kept the appropriate paperwork in line for WTSC, and did this work until the current TZM, Stacey McShane, was hired.
“I am fortunate to have known Officer Brinkman for the past 15-20 years due to our paths crossing in the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and LEL world,” said Bob Thompson, Washington’s Statewide LEL. “He is an outstanding DRE instructor as well as an outstanding local LEL in Snohomish County. Washington State is very fortunate to have an officer with the dedication and determination that Mark exhibits constantly. He has been a pleasure to work with and is definitely deserving of this recognition.”
The WTSC also honored Hilary Torres, Region 6 (Clark and Skamania Counties), as its 2016 TZM of the Year. The awards were presented at the April 20th Washington Traffic Safety Commission quarterly meeting.