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Kentucky State Police Academy


with Barrett Brewer


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May 25-26th 2021

The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with input from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Technical Advisory Panel (TAP), and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. ARIDE was created to address the gap in training between the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC/DRE) Program.

The SFST program trains officers to identify and assess drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, while the DEC/DRE program provides more advanced training to evaluate suspected drug impairment. The SFST assessment is typically employed at roadside, while an officer trained as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) through the DEC program conducts a 12-step evaluation in a more controlled environment such as a jail or a detention facility.

ARIDE is intended to bridge the gap between the SFST and DEC/DRE programs by providing officers with general knowledge related to drug impairment and by promoting the use of DREs in states that have the DEC Program. One of the more significant aspects of ARIDE is the required student demonstration of the SFST proficiency requirement. The ARIDE program stresses the importance of the signs and symptoms of the seven drug categories. This course will train law enforcement officers to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities. This course will educate other criminal justice professionals (prosecutors, toxicologists, judges, etc.) to understand the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both, to enable them to effectively work with law enforcement in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities.

ARIDE is a 16-hour training course and is taught by DRE instructors. The following summarizes the sessions contained in the ARIDE course:

The training will be conducted under the administration and approval of the DEC/DRE program state coordinator.

This course is designed to build on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test practitioner course. In order for the participant to effectively utilize the information presented in this course, NHTSA has set a prerequisite of SFST proficiency. The participant will receive a short review and update. All participants are required to pass an SFST proficiency evaluation. Failure to successfully complete the SFST proficiency evaluation will result in dismissal from class.



All participants must have had a approved NHTSA SFST course.

All participants must be SFST proficient

Must pass an SFST Proficiency and Course Assessment on Day 1  

 May 27th 2021


This eight-hour course focuses on increasing the ability of law enforcement officers to communicate effectively and confidently in the courtroom by presenting the underlying rationale and importance of understanding courtroom testimony, report writing, preparation, direct examination and cross-examination. It includes discussions of the particulars of testimony in a DUI trial by the arresting officer, including suggestions on how to make their testimony more professional, accurate and convincing. This course also allows for a greater understanding on the part of the law enforcement officer as to how evidence and testimony is presented in an impaired driving case and will open their eyes to the high expectations of the modern juror. Discussions of the underlying goals of direct testimony and strategies of crossexamination will enable law enforcement officers to better understand the nature of their own testimony, anticipate what questions might be asked of them, and handle themselves with confidence on the witness stand. Examinations of the rational and purpose of cross-examination includes consideration of particular areas of crossexamination as well as alerting officers to those matters which might be the subject of their own cross-examination with suggestions on how to avoid common pitfalls. The course is designed with a mock trial component. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a mock DUI trial, utilizing the report that they draft from a video scenario after receiving instruction on report writing. They will be asked to make use of the information, tactics, and strategies discussed in the presentations, giving them an opportunity to see firsthand how they apply in a courtroom setting. Feedback and comments on their testimony skills, with suggestions on how to more accurately and convincingly present the testimony will be offered by the faculty as a learning tool for the whole class.

  • May 25 - 27th, 2021
    Tue - Thu from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kentucky State Police Academy


380 Coffee Tree Rd
Frankfort, KY 40061 Get directions

Room: 3

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