Press Release - 02-11-2020

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020   
Lisa Koumjian
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Darren Boysen
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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:

February 2020 DRE graduates
Joseph BonacciRochester Police Department
Andrew BechardNew York State Police
Triston CampbellTown of Manlius Police Department
Matthew CasilioMonroe County Sheriff's Office
David CunninghamNew York State Police
Devinne DePuyNew York State Police
Joseph DobmeierTown of Niagara Police Department
Ronald EvelandCity of Geneva Police Department
Benjamin FerrettiGlenville Police Department
Paul FlicknerAuburn Police Department
Kevin GreenwoodVillage of Liverpool Police Department
Jarrod JourdinAlbany Police Department
Richard KimmererOtsego County Sheriff's Office
Raymond MaltbyNew York City Police Department
Justin MohrVillage of Delhi Police Department
Randall Pike Jr.Fredonia Police Department
Kristopher SchimekJamestown Police Department
Dennis SchultzNYS University Police
Cody SkinnerOnondaga County Sheriff's Office
Michael SlawekNew York State Police
Gregory SnyderTown of Manlius Police Department
Joshua UdellNew 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.

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