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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. 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.

Nominations are currently being accepted for this 9-day course, which certifies law enforcement officers as Drug Recognition Experts. Participants will learn classification of drugs and their observable effects. The program will consist of two courses, to be held as follows:

DRE Pre-School:
March 29-30, 2018
Benton County Sheriff's Office 

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:
April 4-6, 2018 and April 9-14, 2018
Benton County Sheriff's Office 
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.

AN OFFICER MUST BE A CERTIFIED SFST GRADUATE TO ATTEND THIS COURSE.


To participate, you must complete the Application Process using the Application Checklist and submit required items along with the DRE Application by March 19, 2018. You must also sign and return the DRE Commitment Pledge. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Students will be responsible for their travel expenses.

For more information, contact Jeremy Bennett at 501-570-8034.