The New Mexico DRE Program proudly recognizes a New Mexico Law Enforcement Officer who has gone above and beyond in holding drug-impaired drivers accountable in 2020. The New Mexico DRE Committee has selected Officer Michael Hetes, of the Rio Rancho Police Department, as the New Mexico Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) of the Year for 2020.
While the State endured many unknowns and uncertainties throughout the pandemic, Officer Hetes continued to seek out and identify drug-impaired drivers and removed them from New Mexico’s roadways. Officer Hetes’ enforcement evaluations alone, accounted for over 5% of the States’ total enforcement evaluations for 2020. Officer Hetes promptly enters his enforcement evaluations into a national tracking database to help ensure New Mexico and federal partners have an accurate representation of drug, and drug-impaired driving trends in our State.
In 2020, Officer Hetes’ maintained a 100% accuracy rate in determining the specific drug category (or categories) a suspected drug-impaired driver was under the influence of, as corroborated by toxicology results.
Officer Hetes is a six-year veteran of the Rio Rancho Police Department. He has been assigned to the Departments’ DWI Unit since March 2016. He serves the Rio Rancho Police Department and State of New Mexico as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing/DWI Instructor and in 2020, has volunteered his DWI expertise to assist the NMDRE Program’s training program.
Officer Hetes will be recognized at the New Mexico DRE Committee Meeting in March 2021 and has been invited to attend the 27th Annual Conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Impaired Driving in Orlando, Florida in August 2021.
Thank you, Officer Hetes, for your dedication in keeping New Mexico’s roadways safe and your efforts in our overall goal to #ENDWI.
The New Mexico D.R.E. Committee recognized two of its own at the D.R.E. Committee Meeting in Albuqueruqe.
Officer Tim McCarson (Albuquerque P.D.) received an appreciation award for his hard work and dedication in training New Mexico Officers while Lieutenant Joel Holt (Rio Rancho P.D.) received an appreciation award for his dedication and commitment to the New Mexico D.R.E. Program.
Officer Tim McCarson (A.P.D.) receives the NMDRE Appreciation Award
March 16th, 2020
Lieutenant Joel Holt (R.R.P.D.) receives the NMDRE Appreciation Award
March 16th, 2020
The New Mexico DRE Program would like to recognize a New Mexico Officer who has gone above and beyond in holding drug impaired drivers accountable in 2019. The New Mexico DRE Committee has selected Officer Ricky Dominguez, of the Bosque Farms Police Department, as the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) of the Year for 2019.
Officer Dominguez conducted the most enforcement evaluations in New Mexico in 2019. His evaluations alone accounted for 10% of all evaluations conducted within the State.
Officer Dominguez has a 100% accuracy rate in determining the specific drug category (or categories) a suspected drug impaired driver is under the influence of, as correlated by toxicology results.
Officer Dominguez, as a new Drug Recognition Expert, continues to seek out opportunities to learn and advance his knowledge, as he simultaneously gains experience in the field of drug impairment through his hard work. He has already established credibility for himself as a DRE, as well as the DRE Program in the Courts within his jurisdiction.
Officer Dominguez is assigned to the Patrol Division and is responsible for coordinating checkpoints within his jurisdiction, in addition to his normal Patrol duties. He is often called upon for his assistance in impaired driving investigations by fellow Officers from his own, and surrounding jurisdictions. Officer Dominguez has been a certified Drug Recognition Expert since 2018. He has 13 years of Law Enforcement experience and has been with the Bosque Farms Police Department for just over two years.
Officer Dominguez will be recognized at the New Mexico DRE Committee Meeting and has been invited to attend the 26th Annual Conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Impaired Driving in San Antonio, Texas in August 2020.
Thank you, Officer Dominguez, for your dedication in keeping New Mexico’s roadways safe!
Corporal Patrick Bryant (Carlsbad Police Department) was recognized by Southwest Training Consultants as the 2019 New Mexico SFST Instructor of the Year. Corporal Bryant has been a DRE since 2015 and a DRE Instructor in New Mexico since 2018. Congratulations Corporal Bryant on your accomplishment, and thank you for everything you do to help #ENDWI!
This evening two of our very own New Mexico DRE instructors were recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for their incredible work in combating impaired drivers and going above and beyond towards our overall goal to #ENDWI.
Congratulations Lieutenant Joel Holt (Rio Rancho Police) for receiving MADDs ‘Outstanding Drug Recognition Expert’ Award and Officer Tim McCarson (Albuquerque Police) for receiving MADDs ‘Outstanding Enforcement Officer of the Year’ Award!! Both Lieutenant Holt and Officer McCarson are incredibly dedicated and devoted to making our roadways safe and the DRE program in New Mexico is incredibly appreciative and grateful to them for sharing their knowledge and experiences to Law Enforcement Officers around the State!
Officer Brian Hobbs
New Mexico State Police
Sergeant Joel Holloway
New Mexico State Police