A cooperative agreement between IACP and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to provide funding to law enforcement agencies to deliver Drug-Impaired Driving (DID) enforcement training.

Submission Information

A total of $1,775,000 is available for law enforcement agencies and qualified training institutions who are able to deliver Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Schools and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) classes. These contracts will be administered to state, local, tribal, or territorial (SLTT) law enforcement agencies,  state-recognized law enforcement training institutions, or organizations contracted by a state highway safety office to administer the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program. The awards will be in the form of a contract for delivery of training services for reimbursement of allowable expenses. Only new training will be supported; these contracts cannot be used to supplant previously funded and scheduled training. Reporting requirements include a brief narrative describing the quantity of students trained, the agencies represented, and a summary of expenses incurred with each invoice. Reimbursements will be provided monthly. A link to the submission form is available below, along with the required information needed for a proposal.

Proposals will be reviewed on an on-going basis in the order they are received. Training must be completed within one year of contract award. Award notifications will be made within 60 days of submission.

DRE training and ARIDE classes are products of the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP), through a cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

For more information about this project, please contact Kyle Clark, IACP Project Manager.

Proposal Contents

Before completing the proposal, it may prove helpful to research the information needed as part of the process. Submitting agencies may want to solicit the support of the state highway safety office (SHSO) prior to applying. The SHSO may be able to provide important information relative to the proposal, particularly regarding sustaining the new level of training in the coming years. This information will be included in the Growth section below.

Involving nearby agencies in the training is an important goal for this funding opportunity. The Reach Area is the geographical area that encompasses the agencies that will be potentially participating in the training. Identify neighboring local and state law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and judges who are willing to participate in the training if a contract is awarded, and determine the percentage of course seats that will be reserved for these outside agencies. List the agencies in the proposal.

An important component of the submission process will be the acknowledgement from the state DECP coordinator. The coordinator will be able to provide necessary information for the proposal. At a minimum, you should learn from the state coordinator how many DRE Schools and/or ARIDE classes have been funded in the current fiscal year.

In addition, the state coordinator can also provide guidance in the development of the work plan, which is another component of the proposal. Finally, the state coordinator should be consulted regarding the plans to sustain these newly trained officers resulting from the contract. For example, can the state provide adequate refresher and recertification training opportunities? Will the DREs be able to participate in enforcement activities, call-outs, and similar functions?

Each submitter must demonstrate the Need for the funding - both in terms of a personnel need and a financial need for the Reach Area. Begin with a description of the drugged-driving problem in the Reach Area which has led to the proposal. Personnel needs reflect how there is a shortage of qualified personnel trained. An agency with a high level of ARIDE-trained personnel, but with few DREs available to assist these officers suggests a need for more DREs.

The financial needs reflect a lack of resources to accomplish the objective. However, if the agency was provided sufficient funding, the goals would be achieved within the allotted timeline. Describe the financial need for the agency and the Reach Area, and also include any in-kind contributions that will be made on the submitting agency's behalf.

The Budget is the completion of the IACP Budget Worksheet. This worksheet contains the categories for allowable expenses for this project. Contracts for services should be a minimum of $50,000 per agency. Preference is provided to agencies which invest more of the contract into aspects that directly relate to increasing the number of officers trained. If indirect expenses are claimed, they may not exceed 10%. Note: Only the IACP Budget Worksheet Excel file may be used for applicants. It must be submitted in Excel format.

All of the training must be completed within one year from award of the contract. The Work Plan should describe the schedule of the training, planned advertising and marketing efforts to fill the class to capacity, and the expected attendance for each class. In addition, the number of instructors available within the submitting agency and the number of instructors planned for each class should also be included in the description. If the submitting agency is securing instructors from other agencies, this should be included in the Work Plan. All training must be conducted in accordance with the International Standards of the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, the International Standards of the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Program, the International Standards of the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Program, and the DRE School curricula.

The final portion of the proposal relates to the sustaining the new Growth of trained officers. Consulting with the highway safety office and with the state DECP coordinator may be helpful in projecting future plans. How will the state keep these newly trained officers? Will the state devote sufficient resources to provide adequate refresher and recertification training opportunities? Will the new DREs be permitted to participate in enforcement activities, call-outs, and similar functions? How far must these newly trained officers need to travel to obtain this refresher training? Including this information in a letter of support from the highway safety office is preferred.




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