Traffic Enforcement Programs - SFST, ARIDE and DRE
Training for Law Enforcement
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST)
SFST Recertification/Refresher Training
Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)
This course was not designed to be offered in a basic academy to new police recruits. This is an intermediate level course designed to offer more than a basic understanding of the impairing effects of drugs (both illicit and licit), alcohol, and/or the combination of both. Officers who wish to become a DRE in Montana must attend and satisfactorily pass the ARIDE training course.
During FFY 2011, MHP achieved a significant milestone on behalf of Montana: every Trooper and Sergeant in the Montana Highway Patrol has now received ARIDE training or is a certified DRE. Montana is the first state in the country to achieve this milestone. To date statewide, approximately 470 officers from all agencies and many prosecutors have received ARIDE training.
Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training
The DRE examination is conducted in a controlled environment utilizing a standardized and systematic 12-step process. Once the examination is completed, the DRE is able to determine which of the seven main drug categories the suspect has used (narcotic analgesics, hallucinogens, cannabinoids, disassociative anesthetics, inhalants, central nervous system depressants, central nervous system stimulants).
Drug Recognition Experts can be used in a variety of ways, from DUI enforcement to internal drug-related investigations. DRE evidence is admissible in court and is valuable in DUI cases that are a result of drug impairment.
There are DREs across Montana as a result of this training program.