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Become a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)


Help us reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads by participating in our upcoming Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program. A drug recognition expert or drug recognition evaluator (DRE) is a police officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. Participants will learn classification of drugs and their observable effects. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) coordinates the International Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

This course certifies law enforcement officers as Drug Recognition Experts. 
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 14, 2019.


The program will consist of three phases, to be held as follows:

DRE Pre-School (Phase One):
February 11-12, 2019
FOP Lodge @ Jonesboro 

The Pre-School includes an overview of the DRE evaluation procedures, the seven drug categories, eye examinations and proficiency in conducting the SFSTs. 

DRE 7-Day School (Phase Two):
February 13-15, 2019 and February 18-21, 2019
FOP Lodge @ Jonesboro 
This course includes an overview of the drug evaluation procedures, expanded sessions on each drug category, drug combinations, examination of vital signs, case preparation, courtroom testimony, and Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) preparation. 

Evaluations and Final Knowledge Exam (Phase Three):
March 10-15, 2019
Maricopa County Detention Center @ Phoenix, Arizona

Once both phases are complete, students will be required to travel to the Maricopa County Detention Center in Phoenix, Arizona for the Field Evaluation Phase of the training (Phase 3). Once there, DRE Candidates will complete twelve required DRE evaluations on impaired subjects and be administered the final knowledge exam for the course. Airfare will be arranged and lodging provided during Phase 3 (Arizona Trip). 


AN OFFICER MUST BE A CERTIFIED SFST GRADUATE AND COMPLETED THE ADVANCED ROADSIDE IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT (ARIDE) COURSE TO ATTEND THIS PROGRAM. 

To participate, you must complete the Application Process using the Application Checklist and submit required items along with the DRE Application by January 14, 2019. You must also sign and return the DRE Commitment Pledge and the DRE Evaluation Trip Information and Evaluation FormIncomplete applications will not be accepted. Lodging and lunch will be provided during the DRE Pre-School and the DRE 7-Day School.

All completed forms and required items should be sent to DRE Program Specialist Jeremy Bennett at jsbennett@cji.edu or mailed to 26 Corporate Hill Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. Please remember, if you mail the packet, it should be sent before the deadline of January 14, 2019.