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Hubbard police chief honored by the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police for training efforts.

COURTESY PHOTO: OACP - Hubbard Police Chief Dave Rash, left, receives the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police Presidents Award from award committee co-chair Aumsville Police Chief Richard Schmitz.Hubbard Police Chief Dave Rash was recently recognized by the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police with its President's Award.

OACP Past President Jim Ferraris announced the award during the group's virtual conference meeting late last month. The award is a salute to Rash's efforts to help bring quality training in a virtual environment to the many OACP members, according sources from the group.

City sources in Hubbard said Rash and Chief Mitch Hicks of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission were instrumental in facilitating key instructors for the OACP's Conference & Training Committee, ensuring the most comprehensive and complete training was available. It was especially important since the training was canceled last year due to COVID-19 protocols.

An OACP memo shared by city of Hubbard officials notes:

"As co-chairs of the Conference & Training Committee, Chief Rash and Chief Hicks took the lead and collaborated with OACP staff and their committee members to develop and deliver. Their dedication and commitment to fulfill the mission of the OACP demonstrated by Chief Rash and Chief Hicks is appreciated and worthy of recognition."

Hubbard City Council also recognized the work Rash has done in making training a priority within his own department.

"This is the type of leadership that make Hubbard such a great place to feel safe and at home with," Hubbard Mayor Charles Rostocil noted.

Because he was unable to attend the recognition dinner, OACP Awards Committee co-chair and Aumsville Police Chief Rick Schmitz presented the award to Rash at a later time.

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