Tony Lebron started his career in 1979 as a police officer in Rushville, Illinois. He later joined the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department as a dispatcher, correctional officer and deputy. He was hired by the Illinois State Police in 1984 and was assigned to patrol operations in the Champaign area. He later transferred to the Division of Criminal Investigation, Zone 8 (Peoria, Illinois). Tony worked in an undercover capacity with a covert narcotics unit and conducted drug investigations. He later transferred to District 8 patrol operations in Peoria. While a member of District 8 he completed a temporary duty assignment with the General Criminal Investigations Unit.
In 1997, Tony was selected as the supervisor for the Breath Alcohol Training Section for the Illinois State Police. His responsibilities included training law enforcement personnel in Breath Analysis Instrument Operations and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. He also served as the Drug Recognition Expert State Coordinator. As a Sergeant he supervised the Alcohol and Substance Testing program, which had been under the direction of the Illinois Department of Public Health and later transferred to the Illinois State Police. This new responsibility required him to supervise the inspection, certification, maintenance and licensing of all evidential breath analysis instruments and operators in Illinois. He also assisted in the development of the Administrative Rules for Chemical Testing, as well as testing and evaluation of new breath analysis technology and development of pupillometry for the detection of impairment.
In 2002, Tony served as a Master Sergeant assigned to District 8 in Peoria. He supervised patrol operations with an emphasis on impaired driving enforcement. He has been declared an expert witness in several jurisdictions and has instructed around the country on impaired driving topics. He contributed to the publication, “Successful Prosecution of the DUI Offender: Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Breath Testing Procedures”, edited by Fournier, E., Inside the Minds™, 31-60. United States: Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2009.
Tony retired from the Illinois State Police in November 2009. He continues to provide drug and alcohol training to criminal justice professionals, educators and private industry. He also served as the SFST/DRE State Coordinator for the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association in cooperation with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and the Illinois Department of Transportation.
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