The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program has received international acclaim for its success in identifying the drug-imparied individual. In addition, DRE's are frequently called upon to differentiate between drug influence, medical and/or mental disorders. The certified DRE is an extremely valuable tool for combating the adverse impact of drugs on the communities we serve.
To be considered for DRE training, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Have a minimum of two years law enforcement service,
- Be off probation with your agency,
- Have at least one year of experience after successfully completing SFST Training,
- Have a reasonable background and level of experience in making DWI arrests.
DRE Training is extremely demanding. To receive certification as a DRE, three phases of training must be completed. Phase 1 and 2 (Academic/Classroom) is held at a location chosen by the State Coordinator. The training includes the SFST proficiency test, multiple quizzes (where the student must achieve a minimum of 80%), as well as extensive material on each of the seven drug catergories.
Upon successful completion of phases 1 and 2 students will travel to the designated field certification site. Under the close supervision of DRE Instructors and the State Coordinator, students will complete evaluations on several drug impaired subjects. Each student is required to conduct a minimum of 12 drug influence evaluations. Each student must successfully be able to identify subjects under the influence of three of the seven drug categories. In addition, the student will maintain a progress log and a rolling log of these evaluations. The student will prepare and submit a cirriculum vitae. At the conclusion of Field Certifications, students will participate in the Final Comprehensive Knowledge Exam where they must pass. This exam is a pass/fail.