Program Oversight

Program Oversight

Program Oversight

The Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program is managed and coordinated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The IACP has four staff persons dedicated to the coordination, expansion and administration of the DEC Program: National Project Manager: Kyle Clark (703) 647-7259; Project Coordinators: Nuyiri Kasbarian (703) 647-7219 and Jarrett Sullivan (703) 647-7225; and three Regional Project Managers:

 

Western Region
 
Central Region
 
Eastern Region
Project Manager: Chuck Hayes   Project Manager: Jim Maisano    Project Manager: Joe Abrusci
(703) 647-7256   (703) 647-7257   (703) 647-7258

Technical Advisory Panel

The mission of the IACP’s Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) is to develop, promote, and provide guidance and support for the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) programs. This is accomplished by the following:

  1. Maintaining cooperative efforts with our highway safety partners;
  2. Enhancing cooperation among DEC Program coordinators and IACP;
  3. Providing quality, timely training to ensure that the goals and objectives of the DEC, ARIDE and SFST programs are met; and
  4. Partnering with public safety entities at the federal, state, local and tribal levels to maximize traffic safety resources that protect life and property.

The goals of TAP include the implementation, deployment and delivery of impaired driving enforcement curricula; to market and promote DEC Program training; and facilitate the continuing evolution of impaired driving training through research and best practices. 

Presently, the members who serve on TAP include: the chair, three regional DECP representatives; a POST representative; two representatives from the medical field; a NHTSA staff person; a representative of a police training organization; a prosecutor; a state DRE coordinator; a toxicologist; a police administrator; four DRE-at-large positions (one of whom is the chair of the DRE Section and serves for only one year); a state Highway Safety Office representative; an international representative; a representative from a sheriff's agency; and a non-voting IACP staff member. IACP is responsible for making all appointments. Click here to view more information about TAP's goals, responsibilities, and membership information.

To ensure continuity of the TAP, one third of the appointed seats are appointed in a given year. A TAP member must be able to attend the annual TAP meeting held in conjunction with the IACP annual conference and the TAP midyear meeting held in the Spring. Regional representatives must be able to attend the annual regional meetings held within their assigned regions as well.

Technical Advisory Panel Positions Available

The IACP Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) has four positions available for appointment or re-appointment. Prospective applicants should be able to attend two TAP meetings per year and be capable of fulfilling the following duties: 1) the ability to complete TAP-related tasks thoroughly and in a timely manner; 2) provide assistance to facilitate any regional meetings held in the member’s region; 3) attend regional and national DRE-related training, if possible, to maintain knowledge in the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE),  and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) programs; 4) maintain familiarity with the International Standards of the DEC, ARIDE,  and SFST programs; 5) conduct their relevant professional duties in compliance with International Standards; and 6) provide expertise in their daily duties. Travel funding for U.S. members to attend the two TAP meetings each year is available from IACP through a grant with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Persons applying for appointment to TAP should be proficient in that individual’s area of expertise, (i.e., legal, medical, scientific, education, training, police administration, etc.). The applicant should have a strong interest and at least a basic familiarity with the DEC Program and, in the case of a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) practitioner, a substantial and current knowledge of the DRE protocol and is currently certified in their state and credentialed by the IACP. The applicant must also have total support from the applicant’s employer to be an active TAP member to accomplish the mission, responsibilities, and goals of TAP.

IACP is seeking to fill the following roles for a three-year appointment on TAP:

1. Medical (Optometry): This position will be filled by a licensed Optometrist from any area nationally or internationally. The position will serve as a subject matter expert and provide guidance to TAP on discussions relating to the field of optometry in relationship to SFST, ARIDE, and the DEC Program, procedures, and curriculum.

2. Police Training Institution: This position will be filled by a person to represent law enforcement training institutions which are involved in supporting and providing DEC Program training and related training such as SFST and ARIDE.

3. Western At-Large DRE-Practitioner: This position must be a currently certified DRE or DRE Instructor and fulltime resident of the Western region to hold this position. This position is to represent the general DRE population. The at-large position assists in the dissemination of information from TAP to the general DRE community and to offer feedback to TAP from the field level.

4. Eastern At-Large DRE-Practitioner: This position must be a currently certified DRE or DRE Instructor and fulltime resident of the Eastern region to hold this position. This position is to represent the general DRE population. The at-large position assists in the dissemination of information from TAP to the general DRE community and to offer feedback to TAP from the field level. This position is a 4-year appointment this term only.

Individuals interested in applying should email Kyle Clark, IACP TAP Liaison, providing their qualifications for the role and a letter of support from their DECP state coordinator by November 12, 2021. Please direct any questions to Kyle Clark. 

 

 

TAP Meeting Minutes

The Technical Advisory Panel held its April 29,2021 Midyear Meeting online.

The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 16, 2020 Annual Meeting online.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its April 30, 2020 Midyear Meeting online.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 26, 2019 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its April 23, 2019 Midyear Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 5, 2018 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its March 27, 2018 Midyear Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 20, 2017 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 14, 2016 Annual Meeting  in San Diego, California.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 23, 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois,
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 24, 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 28, 2013 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its September 28, 2012 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 21, 2011 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 22, 2010 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 2, 2009 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its November 7, 2008 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 12, 2007 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its March 31, 2007 Midyear Meeting in Arlington, Virginia.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its October 13, 2006 Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Technical Advisory Panel held its March 25, 2006 Midyear Meeting in Arlington, Virginia.

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