The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute offers a Phlebotomy training program for Indiana Officers. Vincennes University collaborates with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana State Department of Toxicology for the training program.
This program provides Law Enforcement Phlebotomy (LEP) officers with specific policies and procedures that offer guidance for agencies wanting to adopt the program. The law enforcement phlebotomist will work under the direction of policies signed by a physician at the Indiana Department of Health. In the class, we qualify the officers to draw blood. Indiana Code 9-30-6-6-6 (i-k) IGA | 2022 Indiana Code gives the officer the authority to draw blood.
- Cost-free training and blood draw kits for qualified officers
- Reduced impact on healthcare operations
- Simplifies the chain of custody
- An increase in more timely, accurate data
- Maximizes productivity, while minimizing officers out of service
By the numbers
October 2022 - September 2023
Officers completed the LEP program
Officers completed the qualifications
Qualified officers in the state
Total blood draws completed
Lt. Casey Lehman with the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department has completed 36 successful blood draws since February 2023. Not only has he completed draws for his department, but he has also assisted in blood draws for Goshen, Nappanee, and Bristol. Nappanee now has 2 of their officers qualified and are completing blood draws.
" Elkhart County Sheriff's Deputies have been using the LEPP program since Spring of 2023. We have found this program to be a success with a reduction in having to drive to a medical facility and then to have to wait for medical professionals to conduct our venipunctures. Depending on what medical facility is used, the drivetime can add anywhere from 30 min to 45 minutes. Also depending on the medical facility capacity, we were seeing wait times between 15 minutes to 1 hour. By using a LEPP-trained Officer, these blood draws can be completed within 5-10 minutes of the arrival of the Officer. The efficiency of the LEPP program has improved the efficiency of completing blood draws by an estimated 75%. This program provides efficiency to our OWI and other criminal investigations to have quick samples drawn for an accurate report on what drugs a subject may or may not have used."
Trainings are held at the MADE facility in Plainfield, IN. Please sign up for the following courses below:
January 8-12, 2024
February 26-March 1, 2024
April 15-19, 2024
June 3-7, 2024
Erica J. Dobbs
Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council
Jennifer Hacker, BS, CHES, CMA
Law Enforcement Phlebotomy Coordinator
Law enforcement reference
Lieutenant Casey Lehman
Elkhart County Sheriff's Department
26861 County Rd 26, Building A, Elkhart, IN 46517