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Become a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)

Did you know that in 2015, 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (29%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States? In addition, nearly 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Please help us try and 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
October 12-13, 2017
Clark County Fire Training Center (3 McClellan Blvd, Arkadelphia, AR  71923)
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
October 18-20, 2017 and October 23-26, 2017
Clark County Fire Training Center (3 McClellan Blvd, Arkadelphia, AR  71923)
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.


To participate, you must complete the Application Process using the Application Checklist and submit required items along with the DRE Application by September 27, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. For those living 50 miles or further away, housing and meals will be provided.

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