Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Recipient of State Award
For Immediate Release DATE: July 28, 2015
Media Contact: Carrie Haverfield, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, 303-441-1500
Deputy Mark George awarded the 2015 James Williamson Drug Recognition Expert Award
Boulder County, Colo. --
The Boulder County
Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that the Colorado Department of
Transportation (CDOT) has selected Deputy Mark George as the 2015 James
Williamson Drug Recognition Expert Award recipient.
Deputy George has worked for the Boulder County Sheriff’s
Office for over 30 years and will be retiring from the Sheriff’s Office next
“Deputy George has been instrumental in the success of our
DRE program not only in Boulder County but statewide,” said Sheriff Joe Pelle.
“The Sheriff’s Office has been proud to allow Mark to teach and educate
officers across the state.”
“Deputy George was
one of the pioneers of the DRE program in Colorado and nationally,” said Glenn
Davis, Highway Safety Manager at CDOT. “Deputy George’s involvement in
combating drugged driving, especially his work on enforcement and training, has
contributed greatly to making Colorado roadways safer.”
The award’s namesake, Lieutenant Jim Williamson of the
Littleton Police Department, passed away in 2014. He was a champion of the DRE program and helped
lead the success of the program.
The Colorado DRE program began in 1987. It trains law
enforcement officers to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of
drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. As of 2015, 575 Colorado law
enforcement officers have completed DRE training and there are currently 212
active DREs in the state. The Colorado State Patrol has 64 DREs, the most of
any law enforcement agency in the state.