Drug Recognition Expert Section (DRE)

The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Section provides a unique opportunity for those professionals associated with drug recognition to share common management, training, administrative and practicing concerns.

For more information, contact Christine Frank, staff liaison.


24th Annual IACP Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving

The IACP DRE Section has hosted this annual training conference since 1995. This conference provides certified drug recognition experts, physicians, toxicologists, prosecutors, and other traffic safety professionals with a forum in which to share information, best practices, and lessons learned in law enforcement drug recognition settings. Though the technology and practices have changed and are constantly evolving, the conference provides consistent training, professional development, and a national forum for drug recognition experts and others with a professional interest on a broad array of new and emerging issues.

For more information on registration, housing, and agenda, please visit www.theiacp.org/daidconference.


DRE Section Meetings

  • DRE Section Annual Meeting - August 12, 2018, Nashville, Tennessee (in conjunction with the 24th Annual IACP Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving)

DRE Section Annual Recognitions

To honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program, the IACP Drug Recognition Expert Section bestows three special recognitions annually at the Annual IACP Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving. The special recognitions are:

  • DRE Emeritus - download nomination form here
  • DRE Ambassador - download nomination form here
  • Karen Tarney-Bookstaff DRE of the Year - download nomination form here

For more information on the nominations, please view: DRE Section Annual Recognitions.pdf. If you have further questions, please contact Christine Frank, staff liaison.


Join the DRE Section

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 DRE 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 Section membership. You can apply for DRE Section membership here: www.iacp.org/-Sections.


2014 DRE Section's Annual Report (PDF)

2015 DRE Section's Annual Report (PDF)

2016 DRE Section's Annual Report (PDF)

The DRE Section prepares an annual report on the activities and accomplishments of the International Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP). The information included in this report reflects the overview and activities of the DEC programs nationwide for the calendar year 2016.