This course certifies law enforcement officers as Drug Recognition Experts.  Participants will learn classification of drugs and their observable effects.Students will be required to successfully complete the DRE School that will be held at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR on February 17-21 and 25-28, 2020. 

Upon successful completion of DRE School, the candidate will be required to attend the Field Evaluation Phase of the training.  This will be held in Northwest Arkansas on March 6-7, 2020.  DRE Candidates will complete twelve required DRE evaluations on impaired subjects.

For students traveling more than 50 miles to either location of training, lodging will be provided and all meals and mileage (personal vehicles only) will be reimbursed, if not provided.  Any reimbursement will be at the state per diem rate.

Once the field evaluation phase is complete, DRE Candidates will be required to take the Final Certification Knowledge Exam, which will be held at the Criminal Justice Institute on March 30, 2020.  The DRE Candidate will be responsible for all travel expenses.  Lunch will be provided.

 The deadline for applications will be January 13, 2020.  For questions or more information, contact Jeremy Bennett at jsbennett@cji.edu or (501)570-8034.

  • This course is 72 hours
  • This course earns credits in our Degree Program
  • Must be 24-hour SFST certified
  • Must have completed Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)
  • Must complete DRE Application packet attached to the links below and submit before the deadline of January 13, 2020

 Documents to download, complete, and return:

  1. DRE Application Process form (includes more items to submit)
  2. DRE Application (incomplete applications will NOT be considered)
  3. DRE Commitment Pledge
  4. DRE Evaluation Authorization

Please click on the links above to download the required forms, follow the directions, and submit the forms to DRE Program Specialist Jeremy Bennett at jsbennett@cji.edu or mail to 26 Corporate Hill Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas  72205.  Please remember, if you mail the packet it should be sent before the deadline of January 13, 2020.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.