Impaired Driving | Traffic Enforcement | Florida DRE Coordinator
Tim Cornelius joined the full-time staff at IPTM in February 2021 as the Impaired Driving and Traffic Enforcement Training Coordinator. He is responsible for coordinating all aspects of these programs, as well as Patrol Operations and specialized training. He is the Florida Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DRE) Coordinator and responsible for managing Florida’s 350 Drug Recognition Experts (DREs), DRE instructors, and scheduling DRE-related training.
Tim began his law enforcement career with the Collier County (FL) Sheriff's Office in 1992. His early experience serving his agency in both corrections and later as a patrol officer gave him a well-rounded initiation into a 26-year career. A passion for DUI enforcement led to a promotion to sergeant in the CCSO Impaired Driving Enforcement Section in 1999. Before his recent retirement, he supervised DUI enforcement deputies and specialized in traffic crash investigation both as an investigator and instructor.
Tim is a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), DRE Instructor, and a DRE course manager, and has conducted training for IPTM in these areas, as well as ARIDE and SFST for many years. He holds a Masters of Science in Management, certification as a CMS Instructor, and is an FDLE-Certified Intoxilyzer 8000 Breath Test Operator instructor. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard in Florida and Indiana and retired in 2006 after 20 years' service.