About Us

New York State D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association

NYSDOA is a non-profit organization serving as a training center and resource to the certified school-based Law Enforcement Officers throughout the state of New York.

Membership includes School Resource Officers, D.A.R.E. Officers, Probation Officers, Juvenile Officers, Youth Officers, School Security Officers, school administrators, teachers, school nurses, counselors and professionals in the field of juvenile justice.

Dedicated to providing high quality professional training for school-based law enforcement personnel at affordable cost, N.Y.S.D.O.A. provides its members with training in the area of prevention of adolescent substance abuse, gang prevention and intervention, bullying prevention, internet safety and security, healthy lifestyles, school safety and security and positive youth development.

N.Y.S.D.O.A. annually offers D.A.R.E. Officer Training (D.O.T.) annual update trainings and regional updates for D.A.R.E. Instructors. Additionally, N.Y.S.D.O.A. offers School Resource Officer training (S.R.O.), Instructor Development course, Active Shooter and school safety and security programming.

DCJS certified trainings may be applied to 40 hour training requirements for accredited Departments.

    Message from N.Y.S.D.O.A President

Since 1993, N.Y.S.D.O.A., has supported D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officers through annual training conferences and new materials. An advocate for law-enforcement in schools and community policing at the local and the state level, N.Y.S.D.O.A. has served its membership well.

I am proud that N.Y.S.D.O.A. is designated as the D.A.R.E. Training Center for New York. We are one of only two Officers’ Association in the United States to serve in this capacity. The selection process has been rigorous and we are pleased to meet high training standards. Additionally, N.Y.S.D.O.A. has assembled a training team that is second to none. We have positioned ourselves to offer DCJS approved training (SRO, IDC, Active Shooter) and are able to provide customized training to meet the needs of our members.

We are extremely pleased to be working with representatives from New York State Sheriff’s Association and Chiefs of Police in  New York to establish a State Training Advisory Board.

Deputy Andrew Yessman
N.Y.S.D.O.A. President

Meet the Team

Executive Board
Training Coordinator/NYS DARE Coordinator

Michael Roden, Auburn Police Department, retired

email: nysdoa@yahoo.com

315 730-2182

Past President

Deputy John Nedza
Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office – retired


Deputy Andrew Yessman
Schuyler County Sheriff Office
Watkins Glen, New York

Karen Simon

New York State DARE Educator


Officer Paul Burnett,
Johnson City Police Department- retired