LCSO CONGRATULATES NEW DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERT

LCSO CONGRATULATES NEW DRUG RECOGNITION
EXPERT

Levy
County Deputy Sheriff Brandin Sullivan recently completed all the training
requirements of the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program, also
known as the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program.  Deputy Sullivan became one of approximately
240 DRE’s in the State of Florida
and is the first with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. 

 
The
program began in the early 1970’s when personnel from the Los Angeles Police
Department developed it to combat drivers who were impaired by substances other
than or in addition to alcohol.  Today
the program is internationally successful and is endorsed by the International
Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration.   

 

Through
his training, Deputy Sullivan (and all Drug Recognition Experts) are able to
identify impaired drivers and then determine the cause of the impairment.  Many times the DRE’s can determine the
category of drugs that is the likely cause of the impairment. 

 

Deputy
Sullivan may now be qualified as an expert witness in court on a variety of
topics related to impaired individuals. 
He will be required to complete continuing education requirements to
maintain his expert status.  LCSO will
make Deputy Sullivan available to assist other law enforcement agencies
throughout Levy County with drug impaired driver
investigations. 

LCSO
congratulates Deputy Sullivan on being selected for this prestigious program
and completing the rigorous requirements. 
Levy County roads will be safer due to Deputy
Sullivan’s enhanced ability to detect and evaluate impaired drivers. 

  

Levy County Sheriff’s
Office
(352) 486-5111

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