ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) recognized 20 law enforcement officers on Thursday from across New York State, who completed extensive training and are now nationally certified Drug Recognition Experts (DREs). With this graduating class, New York State now has 389 certified DREs across the state. 

DREs are used when a driver appears to be impaired and police have ruled out alcohol as the cause or sole cause of impairment. DREs receive extensive training approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

Trained DRE officers learn to observe and document the signs and indicators of impairment within each of the seven drug categories, including illicit and prescription drugs. DREs can make arrests and take impaired drivers off the road regardless of the drug or drug combinations that are causing impairment. 


AndersonGregorySt. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
BakerAubrieNew York State Police
BensonTimothySuffolk County Police Department
BonillaAlexandraNew York State Police
CollinsDavidSuffolk County Police Department
DrakeNicholasNew York State Police
FazioDanielNew York City Police Department
HughesBradleyEast Hampton Town Police Department
KahveciHuseyinNew York State Police
KarpKyleNew York State Police
Lerch JrRussellNew York City Police Department
MillerJonelleNew York State Police
MinerJosephNew York State Police
NoensEricSuffolk County Police Department
PaganoAidanSuffolk County Sheriff’s Office
RasmussenAlfNew York City Police Department
ReillyRyanNew York State Police
RogersBrianNew York State Police
SholtesCodyAlbany County Sheriff’s Office
TobolsonKevinNew York State Police

As part of their training, DRE graduates must complete a three-part program. The first two phases include a two-day introductory course, followed by 56 hours of instruction and a final exam.

In the third phase of training, DRE graduates are required to observe and identify drug categories and complete an additional final knowledge exam. 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 that are 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 DRE applicants are selected to attend the training, which is sponsored by the GTSC and New York State STOP-DWI Foundation.