In 1992, the IACP governing body approved the creation of the IACP Drug Recognition Expert Section. As the by-laws state, the primary purpose of this section is to serve as a coordinating body among the various DRE associations or chapters within states, to serve as a resource, and to respond to the views and needs of the membership. Drug recognition, a growing profession in law enforcement, has seen great promise as a means of identifying and prosecuting drug-impaired drivers. Professional interest in the drug recognition program and procedures has grown from impaired driving enforcement to workplace drug impairment evaluation, juvenile justice, corrections, and other fields. The IACP DRE Section provides a unique opportunity for those professionals already associated with drug recognition to share common management, training, administrative and practicing concerns. Issues such as recertification training ideas, continuing and advanced education, creative teaching techniques for instructors, product evaluations (pen lights, protective gloves, etc.), certification problems and solutions, and the development and sharing of databases will be on the agenda. DREs, the practitioners of drug influence recognition, and program coordinators will have an ongoing forum for a discussion of needs and concerns through membership in the DRE Section.
Who is Eligible?
Membership in the section is open to all active and associate members of the IACP in good standing who are either certified DREs or who have a professional interest in the drug recognition expert program or procedures. The "professional interest" criterion was designed to allow for physicians, toxicologists, prosecutors, and other professionals to contribute their unique areas of expertise to the field of drug recognition. Voting rights are limited to DRE Section members who are either certified DREs, or "who have a direct responsibility for the management and/or coordination of a Drug Recognition Expert Program." DRE Section dues are $25. IACP membership is a prerequisite, and any amendment in your IACP membership would also affect your DRE membership. As an IACP member, you can simply apply by returning the completed DRE Section membership form to IACP, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2357. As a non-IACP member, complete and return both the section and association application forms.
For more information, visit the Drug Recognition Experts Section webpage.