Deputy honored for specialized training

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One of the four members of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office’s DWI Task Force has earned the coveted Drug Recognition Expert certification.

Cpl. Jonathan Bachelor started working towards the certification when the task force was formed in 2015.

Wayne County ranked 13th in the state for having the most traffic fatalities involving an impaired driver when the special unit was formed, according to Sheriff Larry Pierce.

Four deputies were selected for the new task force charged with cracking down on impaired drivers. Bachelor was one of them. This is his second consecutive year earning the Drug Recognition Expert certification.

The sheriff added that since that formation of the specialty unit and Bachelor’s certifications, Wayne County has dropped from 13th to 28th in the state for DWI-related highway fatalities.

Bachelor was honored for his performances in the field at an annual Drug Recognition Expert training service.

“I am proud of the job that this team has accomplished since it was created. Lives have been saved as a result of the concentrated efforts of law enforcement in removing impaired drivers from the streets and the highways of our county,” Pierce said. “I am especially proud of the effort Corporal Bachelor has put forth. It is clear that he has a passion for using the skills he has learned and being named one of the top five DRE performers in the entire state.”

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