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 New York State's Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program

Upcoming Training Classes
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DRE School Applications are accepted only for scheduled classes. Applications must be approved by the State Coordinator.  You will be notified if your application has been approved. A link to the appropriate application is provided in the class listing. Currently scheduled classes are listed below.

The following courses are offered through the year. Descriptions include course prerequisites and requirements.


DRE 8-Hour Annual Recertification Class

Drug Recognition Experts must attend one of the 8 Re-certification classes that will be held during 2015 in order to maintain their certification. DREs must bring their equipment with them to class and be prepared to perform a full 12-Step Evaluation.



Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School

The application period is now open for the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School. Phase I of the course is being delivered Monday - Friday, August 17 - 28, 2015 in Batavia, NY. Phase II will be conducted in Jacksonville, Florida in late September.

Interested officers must submit their completed application, and supporting documentation, directly to GTSC via fax, email or U.S. Mail. Applications must be received at GTSC by close of business on Monday, June 15, 2015. The application can be found at http://safeny.ny.gov/DRE/dre-web/forms-dre.htm. Incomplete applications or late applications will not be considered.

Several changes have been made for the upcoming training. Please read the 2015 DRE Course Announcement.



Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)
2014 - 2015 Tentative Training Schedule

In an effort to assist law enforcement agencies with the ability to effectively plan for training, the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) is providing a tentative calendar of training dates and locations for Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) courses. These dates and locations are tentative and officers are encouraged to periodically check the GTSC website for more complete information as it becomes available. Officers should NOT complete a registration form until the training date and location has been confirmed on the GTSC website. There is no charge to attend a GTSC sponsored ARIDE class. However, travel to and from the class and lunch is the responsibility of the attendees.

Specifics for confirmed courses are listed below.

May - Dunkirk (confirmed)
May - Penn Yan (confirmed)
June - Southampton (confirmed)
 

The ARIDE course builds on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test practitioner course. Proficiency of SFST is a requirement. Students will be required to pass an SFST proficiency evaluation on day 1 of this course. Failure to successfully complete the SFTST proficiency evaluation will result in dismissal from the course. Officers are very strongly encouraged to attend an SFST Refresher course prior to attending ARIDE. Officers should contact the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Public Safety for more information on upcoming Refresher courses.

If you have any questions regarding the ARIDE training, please contact the DRE Coordinator via e-mail at dmv.sm.safeny@dmv.ny.gov or by telephone at (518) 474-5111.


   
May 19 Mandatory Yearly DRE Recertification Training
Long Island
Morrelly Center, 510 Grumman Road West, Bethpage, NY 11714
The training is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Bring your DRE Bag.
See the course description, requirements and necessary forms to participate in DRE Recertification Training. The mandatory yearly training session is being offered to any DRE who needs to attend 8 hours of training for 2015. If you plan to attend, please contact Jim Spadaro at the Suffolk County Police Department, Mike Kern at Suffolk County Sheriff's Office or Jim Panarello at the Nassau County Police Department. If you need to recertify within the next six months and your paperwork is complete, you may bring it with you.
Any other questions, please contact the State Coordinator.
 
May
20 & 21
Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)
Jamestown Community College - North, 10785 Bennett Road, Dunkirk NY 14048
The training is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
See the course description for ARIDE.
Application forms must be received by May 6, 2015
Any questions or for more information, please contact the State Coordinator.
 
May
26 & 27
Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)
Yates County Office, 417 Liberty Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527
The training is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
See the course description for ARIDE.
Application forms must be received by May 12, 2015
Any questions or for more information, please contact the State Coordinator.
 
June
1 & 2
Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)
Hampton Road Firehouse, 470 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968
The training is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
See the course description for ARIDE.
Application forms must be received by May 15, 2015
Any questions or for more information, please contact the State Coordinator.
 
August 17 - 28 Drug Recognition Expert Training (DRE) - Phase 1
Batavia, New York
Students who successfully complete Phase 1 will be sent to Jacksonville, FL for Phase 2 in late September 2015 for Field Certification Training.
See course the description and requirements to participate in the 2015 DRE Course Announcement.
The DRE School application must be received by June 15, 2015.
Any questions or for more information, please contact the State Coordinator.
   
September 22 Mandatory Yearly DRE Recertification Training
Region #2
Location to be determined.
The training is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Bring your DRE Bag.
See the course description, requirements and necessary forms to participate in DRE Recertification Training. The mandatory yearly training session is being offered to any DRE who needs to attend 8 hours of training for 2015. If you plan to attend, please contact Beth Vena at the Niskayuna Police Department. If you need to recertify within the next six months and your paperwork is complete, you may bring it with you.
Any other questions, please contact the State Coordinator.
   
October 6 Mandatory Yearly DRE Recertification Training
Region #7
Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy, Niagara University, Marian House, Niagara Falls, NY
The training is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Bring your DRE Bag.
See the course description, requirements and necessary forms to participate in DRE Recertification Training. The mandatory yearly training session is being offered to any DRE who needs to attend 8 hours of training for 2015. If you plan to attend, please contact Jim Quattrone at the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. If you need to recertify within the next six months and your paperwork is complete, you may bring it with you.
Any other questions, please contact the State Coordinator.
   
October 7 Mandatory Yearly DRE Recertification Training
Region #3
Location to be determined.
The training is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Bring your DRE Bag.
See the course description, requirements and necessary forms to participate in DRE Recertification Training. The mandatory yearly training session is being offered to any DRE who needs to attend 8 hours of training for 2015. If you plan to attend, please contact Clint Perrigo at the Potsdam Police Department. If you need to recertify within the next six months and your paperwork is complete, you may bring it with you.
Any other questions, please contact the State Coordinator.
   
November 4 Mandatory Yearly DRE Recertification Training
Region #6
Location to be determined.
The training is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Bring your DRE Bag.
See the course description, requirements and necessary forms to participate in DRE Recertification Training. The mandatory yearly training session is being offered to any DRE who needs to attend 8 hours of training for 2015. If you plan to attend, please contact Greg Walker at the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. If you need to recertify within the next six months and your paperwork is complete, you may bring it with you.
Any other questions, please contact the State Coordinator.


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