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Officer’s efforts worthy of honor

Some of us may owe our lives to Denton police Traffic Patrol Officer Bryan Cose. Thanks to him, local roadways are probably a lot safer.

On Wednesday, Cose received an award for being one of the top 10 officers in the state for making driving while intoxicated arrests in 2012.

Cose received congratulations from co-workers at the Denton police station Wednesday afternoon after accepting a certificate of accomplishment from Caleb Williams, spokesman for the Texas Municipal Police Association.

Cose said he was just doing his job, and before he knew it, he had made at least 70 driving while intoxicated arrests. The officer told us he wasn’t aware of any award for DWI arrests, but that he appreciated the honor.

Both Cose and Williams credited the Law Enforcement Advanced DUI/DWI Reporting System (LEADRS) for helping to streamline the process of arresting drivers accused of these offenses, allowing officers to do more in less time.

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.

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.

A typical DWI arrest can take an officer anywhere from six to eight hours to complete because of all the paperwork, Williams said. He added that 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,” said Williams, a former Texas Department of Public Safety trooper. 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, thanks to the grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Denton Police Department has used the new reporting tool for a year, and it’s helped, Cose said.

“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 of the department.

We like Officer Cose’s attitude, along with his arrest record, and we believe that anyone who drives local roadways will agree — except, of course, for drivers who make a habit of climbing behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking.

Those drivers may soon get to meet Officer Cose, and we think that’s great, although they probably won’t agree.

Keep up the good work, Officer Cose. We appreciate it.