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For immediate release:
Friday September 5, 2008

DCJS Official Honored by International Association of Police Chiefs

Henry T. Boland, a 26-year veteran of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, has been named “Drug Recognition Expert Emeritus” by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Commissioner Denise E. O’Donnell announced today.

The designation is bestowed only on former drug recognition experts who have served the program, which New York joined in 1988, with honor and the highest level of integrity. A drug recognition expert is a specialist who is trained in identifying and prosecuting drug-impaired drivers.

Boland, state director of the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, specializes in alcohol and drug impaired driving enforcement training.

 In 1983, after becoming one of the first instructors in the state to be trained in the use of the standardized field sobriety test, Boland developed a training program and has qualified over 25,000 police officers in these procedures. When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1988 selected New York State as a pilot site for the expansion of the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program, Boland was among the first students. He went on to become a DRE course administrator and served on the National Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and DRE Curriculum Review Committees on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

From 1988 to 2004, Boland served as DRE State Coordinator for all New York municipal police agencies. During that period, he participated in training in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Oregon. He remains dedicated to highway safety issues and continues to speak at schools and before civic organizations and police academies.

“It always gives me great pleasure to tout the accomplishments of our employees at DCJS, because I know how much they do each and every day, and usually behind the scenes, to make New York State a safer place to live, raise our families and run our businesses,” Commissioner O’Donnell said. “Hank Boland is one of our stars. He is dedicated, committed and exceptionally knowledgeable – a true expert in his field. I am pleased and proud to have him on my staff.”

Boland was nominated for the honor by Richard Devlin, the state program coordinator, of Governor Paterson’s Traffic Safety Committee. He received a certificate at the recent International Conference on Impaired Driving, which was held in Indianapolis.

“Hank is known for getting the job done,” Devlin said. “He was often requested by name to conduct initial training programs in new DRE states, and to assist those states experiencing problems with their programs.”

Boland, a native of Troy, Rensselaer County, now lives in Latham, N.Y.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry and a toll-free telephone number (1-800-262-3257) that allows anyone to research the status of an offender.