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Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (A.R.I.D.E.)

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Please note that this trainings are offered regionally and at the Vermont Police Academy, please pay attention to both the date and the location of the training.

Dates and Locations:

  • April 18 -19 at the Bennington Fire Department
  • May 30 - 31 at the Vermont Police Academy
  • June 13 -14 at South Burlington Police Department
  • August 15 -16 at Rutland City Police Department
  • October 24 -25 at Colchester Police Department
  • December 5 - 6 at the Vermont Police Academy

This course is designed to assist officers in becoming more proficient detecting and apprehending, impaired drivers. Upon completion of this training, officers will be capable of detecting impairment caused by substances other than alcohol. All candidates must currently be actively involved in impaired driving enforcement.

Officers MUST be highly skilled in the administration and interpretation of SFSTs. Your proficiency will be tested by certified SFST Instructors. SFSTs are strongly emphasized and you can expect to increase your skill level in using these tests after taking this course.

This training is an essential tool for officers dedicated to saving lives by removing impaired drivers from our roads. In addition, knowledge and skills obtained during A.R.I.D.E. will facilitate better communication and transfer of critical roadside indicators of impairment to the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) who may be called for a more complete and accurate assessment of impairment. For those considering the pursuit of DRE training, A.R.I.D.E. will serve as a career path step towards achieving that goal.

As of May 22, 2015 the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council has made it mandatory for officers to complete the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement ( A.R.I.D.E. ) training within 36 months of graduation to maintain their law enforcement certification.

This is a regional training and does not include meals or overnight accomodations.


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