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Nine New Drug Recognition Experts Battling DUI in Del.

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DOVER, Del. - Nine Delaware law enforcement officers from state and local police departments are newly certified Drug Recognition Experts and are out on the streets battling impaired driving, according to the state Office of Highway Safety.  The officers were DRE certified last month.

The DRE officer may be called to a DUI stop if a driver has failed the standardized field sobriety tests but the driver does not have a measurable breath alcohol concentration.  The DRE can perform a battery of tests to determine if other drugs may be causing the impairment. All DRE officers can work statewide and can be called out to any DUI stop if needed, the OHS said.

The nine new DRE officers are:
  • Cpl. Adam Mease, Newark PD
  • Cpl. Dana Wyant, Rehoboth Beach PD
  • MPO Patrick McCloskey, UDPD
  • Cpl. Jonathan Gibbons, DSP Troop 2
  • Cpl. Patrick Wenk, DSP Troop 2
  • Cpl. Michael Weinstein, DSP Troop 3
  • Cpl. Andrew Partyka, DSP Troop 4
  • Cpl. Nicholas Demalto, DSP Troop 7
  • Cpl. Roland Mills, DSP Troop 7
They join three existing Delaware DREs:  Sgt. Andrew Rubin, Newark PD; Sgt. Joseph Parker, DSP Troop 2; and MCpl. Roy Bryant, DSP Troop 3. 

There are currently more than 6,300 active DREs in the United States.  There are also more than 500 in Canada.  Other countries are also starting to train DREs, including China - two; Australia - one, Germany - one, and the Virgin Islands - one. 
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