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DeCecca Receives Appointment with US Dept. of Transportation


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Associate Professor Justin DeCecca was recently appointed to a vetting committee with the United States Department of Transportation. Professor DeCecca was appointed to work with the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Department for the Drug Interdiction Assistance Program out of Washington D.C.

“It’s an honor to help out this agency,” said DeCecca. “They train law enforcement officers nationwide to search for narcotics and contraband, and remove it off the highways before it makes it into our towns.”

DeCecca has experience with Criminal Interdiction as he worked for Kentucky Vehicle Enforcements Special Operations Drug Interdiction team as a K9 officer with his dog Deke. In 2003 he stopped a truck and seized 27 pounds of cocaine located in a secret compartment inside the sleeping area of the truck. This was one of the largest cocaine seizures in Kentucky’s history and had an estimated value between 400 thousand to a million dollars once it hit the streets.

Professor DeCecca believes his experience on the job for over 15 years has helped the University of the Cumberlands Criminal Justice program succeed.

“All of the Criminal Justice professors have over 15 years in the field working as a professional,” stated DeCecca. “That experience makes a difference and we want leaders in our program who know the benefits of hard work, sacrifice, and commitment.”

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Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit