The efforts of three Westport police officers to keep the town's streets safer by cracking down on drunk driving and educating youth about the dangers of it earned recognition last night.

The Connecticut Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) recognized officers Howard Simpson and Ned Batlin and Det. Serenity Dobson at its 24th Annual Appreciation Awards Ceremony, at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden.

Simpson was given an award in recognition of his enforcement efforts. In each of the past two years, he has made more the 50 percent of all arrests in the Westport Police Department for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Dobson and Batlin were prsented with an award for providing alcohol awareness education in youth programs, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program and various school programs throughout the year.

The Westport Police Department is committed to reducing the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs through education and enforcement.