Denton police Traffic Patrol Officer Bryan Cose said he was just doing his job this past year, and before he knew it, he had made at least 70 driving while intoxicated arrests.
Caleb Williams, spokesman for the Texas Municipal Police Association, said Cose’s arrests rank him as one of the top 10 leading officers in the state for DWI arrests.
Williams said Cose’s arrests are what the Law Enforcement Advanced DUI/DWI Reporting System, or LEADRS, program is all about.
“LEADRS is a reporting tool that helps streamline the process of DWI/DUI arrests,” Williams said before he awarded Cose with a certificate to honor his accomplishments.
A small get-together for Cose was held Wednesday afternoon in the Denton police station, where he received congratulations from co-workers.
LEADRS, funded by a Save a Life grant through the Texas Department of Transportation, was created by the Texas Municipal Police Association to address a major issue Texas administrators began to notice in 2001.
“DWI fatalities were on the rise, but enforcement wasn’t,” Williams said.
With help from various entities and law professionals, LEADRS came about in the early 2000s, he said.
The system helps with compiling forms and creating a system that integrates, consolidates and simplifies the required reporting information for DUI/DWI arrests while working with existing record management systems to ensure a smooth integration process, according to information on the LEADRS website.
“Before [using the reporting system], paperwork for a DWI arrest took longer than a homicide,” said Williams, a former Texas Department of Public Safety trooper.
A typical DWI arrest can take an officer anywhere from six to eight hours to complete because of all the paperwork, Williams said.
“That’s a night shift,” he said.
Williams said LEADRS helps to cut the time in half and can lead to three or four arrests an evening, instead of the usual one.
“Timing is very crucial — when you have someone being charged with a DWI, you have to have the required nine to 10 forms filled out while the person still contains alcohol in his/her system,” he said. “I’ve known some guys that will complete an arrest within an hour-and-a-half now with this tool.”
Since the program’s inception, more than 400 law enforcement agencies across the state are using the program and it doesn’t cost the agencies a penny.
“All because of the grant from TxDOT that we are very grateful for,” Williams said. “They are really helping to save lives on the roads.”
The only agencies that pay are those out of state. Currently, Arizona, Georgia and Oklahoma agencies also use the reporting system.
The Denton Police Department has used the new reporting tool for a year.
Cose, a graduate of the University of North Texas, said it’s important to choose to be proactive through DWI offenses.
“I have had to do both ways of reporting DWI offenses and this one makes things much more quick and efficient to get us [officers] back on the streets,” said Cose, a nine-year veteran with the department.
“I wasn’t aware of any awards for DWI arrests; I was just doing my job. I do appreciate the honor receiving it,” he said.
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