Press Release - 02-11-2020
GTSC, DMV AND STATEWIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT ANNOUNCE LATEST CLASS OF NEW YORK’S DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERTS
Program Strengthens State’s Efforts to Prevent Drugged Driving on New York Roadways
343 Drug Recognition Experts Now Certified Statewide
The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) last week recognized 22 law enforcement officers from across New York State who completed extensive training and are now nationally-certified Drug Recognition Experts (DREs). With this graduating class, New York now has 343 certified DREs across the state.
“Drug Recognition Experts are an essential tool in keeping New York’s roads safe,” said GTSC Chair and DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder. “The comprehensive training these officers have completed helps them spot and remove impaired drivers from our roads. GTSC and DMV proudly support this vital training and congratulate all the officers on this significant accomplishment.”
New York’s DREs are working hard to put their training to use. According to a report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in 2018 New York ranked second in the country for the number of evaluations conducted for drug-impaired driving, behind only California.
Below is a list of graduates and their affiliation:
|Joseph Bonacci||Rochester Police Department|
|Andrew Bechard||New York State Police|
|Triston Campbell||Town of Manlius Police Department|
|Matthew Casilio||Monroe County Sheriff's Office|
|David Cunningham||New York State Police|
|Devinne DePuy||New York State Police|
|Joseph Dobmeier||Town of Niagara Police Department|
|Ronald Eveland||City of Geneva Police Department|
|Benjamin Ferretti||Glenville Police Department|
|Paul Flickner||Auburn Police Department|
|Kevin Greenwood||Village of Liverpool Police Department|
|Jarrod Jourdin||Albany Police Department|
|Richard Kimmerer||Otsego County Sheriff's Office|
|Raymond Maltby||New York City Police Department|
|Justin Mohr||Village of Delhi Police Department|
|Randall Pike Jr.||Fredonia Police Department|
|Kristopher Schimek||Jamestown Police Department|
|Dennis Schultz||NYS University Police|
|Cody Skinner||Onondaga County Sheriff's Office|
|Michael Slawek||New York State Police|
|Gregory Snyder||Town of Manlius Police Department|
|Joshua Udell||New York State Police|
DREs are utilized by law enforcement when a driver appears to be impaired but police have ruled out alcohol as the cause or sole cause of impairment. A DRE receives extensive training that has been approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the IACP. The training allows officers to observe and document signs and indicators of impairment within each of seven drug categories including illicit and prescription drugs. DREs can make arrests and remove impaired drivers from New York State roadways regardless of the drug or drug combinations that are causing impairment.
As part of their training, DRE graduates must successfully complete a three-part program prior to being certified. The first two phases include a two-day introductory course, followed by 56 hours of classroom instruction and a final exam. In the third phase, participants are required to observe and identify three out of the seven drug categories and complete an additional final knowledge exam to successfully comply with national DRE regulations. After successfully completing the training, all DRE officers are certified for two years and are expected to meet certain requirements to be considered for re-certification at the end of this period.
Officers selected to participate in the DRE program must have a history of being proactive within their community and be well-trained in DWI detection. Only a handful of the large number of DRE applicants are selected to attend the training, which is sponsored by the GTSC and New York State STOP-DWI Foundation.
Learn more about the DRE program on the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee website.