Sioux County Deputy Caleb Haverdink, the sheriff’s office certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) participated in a ride-along training Sept. 19 in Des Moines.
The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bueraau (GTSB) recently held their annual certiciation class for new DRE officers. They requested other certified DREs from Iowa law enforcement agencies to assist with this annual training. Haverdink’s role was to help new DRE officers find and evaluate drivers suspected to be under the influence of drugs. This allowed new DREs to complete their required in-state field evaluations.
Haverdink worked with an officer from the Iowa Department of Transportation Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement. Together they encountered three people who were suspected and subsequently arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of an illegal drug. Haverdink performed a total of 15 other motorist evaluations during the training period.
“Deputy Haverdink has done an outstanding job as a DRE in Sioux County. His diligence and expertise has led to numerous arrests. It was a good experience for Haverdink to participate and share his knowledge and training to this new class of DREs who can now go out and be a part of keeping our Iowa roadways safe,” said Sioux County Sheriff’s Captain Jamison Van Voorst.