Lieutenant Michael S. Iwai is a 20-year veteran of the Oregon State Police. He is assigned as the station commander for the Albany Area Command Office. Iwai served as Oregon’s 4th Drug Evaluation and Classification Program State Coordinator from 2008 to 2014. He is a former Chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) - Drug Recognition Expert Section and Oregon DRE Advisory Committee. He is currently an appointed member of the IACP Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) and serves on the curriculum subcommittee.
Since 1999, Iwai has been a certified and credentialed Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and obtained DRE instructor certification in 2002. He continuously instructs all NHTSA/IACP impaired driving curriculums in and outside the state Oregon. Furthermore, he instructs a variety of law enforcement topics at the Oregon basic, supervisory, and management academies. He has been recognized as an expert in court on alcohol and drug impairment and has testified several times at the Oregon State Legislature on bills relating to both DRE and DUII.
Iwai has a diverse background with previous experience and training as a tactical member of SWAT, technical crash investigations, dignitary protection, and association vice president.
He is the recipient of the 2015 MADD National President’s Award-Outstanding Individual Hero, Ken Snook-DRE Award of Excellence 2014, DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Conference Task Force-Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award 2012, DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Conference Task Force-DUII Trainer of the Year Award 2007, and the Oregon State Police-Harold Berg Life Savings Award 2004.