Nicholas Lazaris

Lieutenant Nick Lazaris has served the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since 2000. He is currently assigned to the Special Services Section where he supervises the DUI Unit, Traffic Unit, Special Events Unit and also oversees the agency’s Emergency Management Operations. Lieutenant Lazaris also serves as the agency representative to the Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF).

Prior to his promotion to Lieutenant, he also supervised the newly created Special Services Unit and the Strategic Enforcement Section which included both uniform and plainclothes operations.

As a deputy in the Patrol Division, he was selected to the Major Accident Investigation Team as a Traffic Homicide Investigator (THI) and Crash Reconstructionist. Lieutenant Lazaris currently manages the Major Accident Investigation Team supervising 28 THI deputies. He has investigated hundreds of life threatening and fatal traffic crashes and has been qualified as an expert in court as a Traffic Crash Reconstructionist. 

During his career as a deputy, Lieutenant Lazaris spent five years as a member of the Traffic Enforcement Unit and a member of the Marine Enforcement Unit, where he investigated Vessel Homicides and became a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain.

Lieutenant Lazaris is a certified Florida Law Enforcement and High Liability Instructor.  He instructs the IPTM Radar and Laser Instructor Course, the Pedestrian/Bicycle Crash Reconstruction Course, the Special Event Planning and Management Course and has presented at various seminars including IPTM’s DUI Symposium and Special Problems in Traffic Crash Reconstruction. Lieutenant Lazaris has been used as a subject matter expert (SME) for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and contributed to the updating and rewriting of the State of Florida Traffic Crash Reconstruction and THI Course material amongst other traffic related courses.

Lieutenant Lazaris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Petersburg College.

Course Expertise

  • Crash Investigation
  • Leadership and Management
  • Traffic/DUI