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Louisiana Drug Recognition Expert

Next Class: June 20-30, 2023

What is a DRE?
A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) is an officer who has been specially trained to conduct an examination on a person to determine if the person is impaired and, if so, whether the impairment is caused by drug use or by a medical condition. This examination is conducted in a controlled environment utilizing a Standardized and Systematic 12 Step Process. The Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP) utilizes a format that has seven categories of drugs. These categories are determined based on the pharmacodynamics of that particular drug category. Pharmacodynamics is the medically known responses of drug use on human physiology. Once the examination is completed the DRE is able to determine which drug category or categories the person has used. Drug Recognition Experts can be used in a variety of ways, from DWI Enforcement to internal investigations.

Drug Evaluation and Classification Program
The Drug Evaluation and Classification Program is sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 41 states, as well as Canada and several other nations, currently support the DEC Program. Hundreds of U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies participate in the DEC Program and there are approximately 6000 DRE's and 1000 DRE Instructors worldwide. The training is intense and requires a level of commitment and dedication un-paralleled in law enforcement. The basic training consists of 200 hours of Pre-School and DRE School Classroom Training followed by Field Certification Training and a comprehensive Final Knowledge Examination. Only after completing the extensive training program can officers be certified by the IACP as Drug Recognition Experts. DRE officers are required to continue their education of drug impairment and conduct the minimum number of drug evaluations during a two year period to stay certified.

Drug Evaluation and Classification Program in Louisiana
The next Drug Recognition Expert School will be June 20-30, 2023, please send applications in now. AN APPLICATION MUST BE FILLED OUT AND FORWARDED TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE APPLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS COURSE. There is no on-line registration process for this training (see application link below). This training is only for officers meeting the minimum requirements outlined on the application. The training is offered free of charge to those qualified officers. Lodging and meals are paid for according to state travel regulations. Any questions should be directed to Sgt. Jared David at 225-925-6128.

pdf Louisiana Drug Recognition Expert School Application
To be considered for any upcoming DRE Course, an officer must complete the application and mail it to the Louisiana DECP Coordinator, Sgt. Jared David, at the address at the bottom of the application.

Links of Interest

DRE National Database California Highway Patrol DRE
IACP DRE Section Colorado DRE
Indiana Prevention Resource Center Maine DRE
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism New Jersey DRE
Merck Pharmaceutical Texas DRE
Lycaeum Drug Info Search Louisiana Laws
National Institute on Drug Abuse References on Drugs & Driving
Web of Addictions Society of Forensic Toxicologists