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The International Drug Evaluation & Classification Program

The Drug Evaluation and Classification Program is recognized by all fifty states in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.

About the DECP

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) originated the program in the early 1970s when LAPD officers noticed that many of the individuals arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) had very low or zero alcohol concentrations. The officers reasonably suspected that the arrestees were under the influence of drugs, but lacked the knowledge and skills to support their suspicions. In response, two LAPD sergeants collaborated with various medical doctors, research psychologists and other medical professionals to develop a simple, standardized procedure for recognizing drug influence and impairment. Their efforts culminated in the development of a multi-step protocol and the first drug recognition expert (DRE) program. The LAPD formally recognized the Drug Recognition Expert program in 1979. It was later renamed the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP).

Find a State Coordinator

 

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Contact information for each state DEC Program coordinator can be found by selecting the state below.

Alabama

Alabama

Corporal Jay Penton
Alabama State Police
301 S. Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 242-1795
Email: Joseph Penton

Alaska

Alaska

Lieutenant Cornelius Sims
Alaska State Troopers
5700 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507
Telephone: (907) 375-7761
Email: Cornelius Sims

Arizona

Arizona

Detective Kemp Layden
Phoenix Police Department
Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
620 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 828-4608
Email: Kemp Layden

Also visit the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety

Arkansas

Arkansas

Andrea Cherry
Criminal Justice Institute
University of Arkansas
26 Corporate Hill Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 570-8034

E-mail: Andrea Cherry

 

California

California

Sergeant Glen Glaser Jr.
California Highway Patrol
601 N 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (916) 376-3256
Email: Sergeant Glen Glaser

Colorado

Colorado

Kimberly Ferber
Colorado DOT
2829 W. Howard Place, 5th Floor
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: (303)757-9643
Fax: (303) 757-9078
E-mail: Kimberly Ferber

More information is available at the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Connecticut

Connecticut

Robert Klin
CT DOT Highway Safety Office
PO Box 31756
Newington, CT 06131-7546
Phone:(860) 594-2386
Fax:(860) 594-2374
 

Delaware

Delaware

Lieutenant Andrew Rubin
Newark Police Department
220 South Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
Phone: (302) 366-7100 X 3115

Email: Andrew Rubin

Florida

Florida

Carol Jolly
Institute of Police Technology and Management
University of Florida
12000 Alumni Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224-2645
Phone: (904) 620-3211
E-mail: Carol Jolly

More information can be found at the Institute of Police Technology and Management.

Georgia

Georgia

Michael Blute
Georgia Police Academy GPSTC
1000 Indian Springs Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029
Phone: (678) 357-8567
E-mail: Michael Blute

Hawaii

Hawaii

Karen Kahikina
Hawaii Department of Transportation
98-339 Ponohana Place
Alea, HI 96701
Phone:(808) 587-2355
Fax:(808) 587-6303
E-mail: Karen Kahikina

Idaho

Idaho

Sergeant Chris Glenn
Statewide Impaired Driving Coordinator
Idaho State Police
700 South Stratford
Meridian, ID 83680-0700
Phone: (208) 884-7212
Fax: (208) 884-7092
Cell: (208) 559-4130
E-mail: Sergeant Chris Glenn

Illinois

Illinois

Thomas W. Turek
Illinois Highway Safety Office
357 Birchbrook Court
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Cell: (630) 921-1872
E-mail: Thomas Turek

Indiana

Indiana

Marshall Depew
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
101 W Washington Street East Tower Suite 1170
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 608-8826
E-mail: Marshall Depew

 

Iowa

Iowa

Todd Olmstead
Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau
215 East 7th Street, 3rd Floor
Des Moines, Iowa   50319
PHONE: (515)393-8659
Email: Todd Olmstead

More information is available from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Kansas

Kansas

Lt. Matthew Payne
Kansas Highway Patrol
2025 E. Iron Ave
Salina, KS 67401
Phone: (913) 787-1422
E-mail: Matthew Payne

Kentucky

Kentucky

Rob Richardson
Kentucky Office of Highway Safety
200 Mero Street, 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 229-8302

E-mail: Rob Richardson

Louisiana

Louisiana

Master Trooper Jared David
Louisiana State Police
7901 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: (225) 925-3710
E-mail: Jared David

Maine

Maine

James Lyman
Maine Criminal Justice Academy
15 Oak Grove Road
Vassalboro, ME 04989
Phone: (207) 877-8009
Fax: (207) 877-8027

E-mail: James Lyman

Maryland

Maryland

Sgt Corey Steffy
Maryland State Police
1201 Reisterstown Rd.
Pikesville, MD  21208
Phone: (240) 625-7598

Email: Sgt Corey Steffy

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Don Decker
Nahant Police Department
42 W. Emerson St., #20
Melrose, MA 02176
Phone: (781)581-1212
E-mail: Don Decker

Deb Batista
Middleborough Police Department

99 N. Main St
Middleborough, MA 02346
E-mail: Deb Batista

More information is available at the Massachusetts DRE website.

Michigan

Michigan

Michael Harris
Office of Highway Safety Planning
333 South Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 30634
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 420-7889
Fax: (517) 333-5756
Email: Michael Harris

Minnesota

Minnesota

Sergeant Tyler Milless
Minnesota State Patrol
2055 N Lilac Drive
Dimondale, MN 48921
Email: Tyler Milless

More information is available at the Department of Public Safety's DRE Page.

Mississippi

Mississippi

Officer Rob Banks
Oxford Police Department
715 Molly Barr Road
Oxford, MS 38688
Phone: (662) 232-2400
Email: Ofc. Rob Banks

Missouri

Missouri

Robert Paul
Missouri Safety Center
UCM Humphreys Building Suite 200
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Office: (660) 543-4524
E-mail: Robert Paul

More information is available at the Missouri Safety Center's DRE page.

Montana

Montana

Trooper Doug Samuelson
Montana Highway Patrol
PO Box 201419
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 599-9263
E-mail: Trooper Doug Samuelson

Nebraska

Nebraska

Christie Nguyen
Nebraska DOT – Highway Safety Office
5001 South 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68512
Phone: (402) 471-3880
E-mail: Christie Nguyen

Nevada

Nevada

Northern Nevada DRE Coordinator
Scott Swain, Law Enforcement Liaison
Nevada Department of Public Safety
Office of Traffic Safety
107 Jacobson Way
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 741-5489
E-mail:
Scott Swain

Southern Nevada DRE Coordinator
Rob Honea, Law Enforcement Liaison
Nevada Department of Public Safety
Office of Traffic Safety
4615 West Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Phone: (702) 432-5031
E-mail: Rob Honea

 

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Christopher Hutchins
NH Division of Liquor Enforcement
P.O. Box 1795
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-1722
Direct: (603) 271-1623
Christopher Hutchins

New Jersey

New Jersey

Sergeant Michael Gibson
NJ State Police Technology Campus
1200 Negron Drive Suite #400
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Phone:(609) 947-1305
Email: Sergeant Michael Gibson

New Mexico

New Mexico

Charlie Files
PO Box 1478
Los Lunas, NM 87031
Work: (505) 980-2803
E-mail: Charlie Files

New York

New York

Renée Borden
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 410B
Albany, NY 12228
Phone: (518)486-6718

E-mail: Renee Borden

For more information, please contact:
Renee Borden
(518)486-6718

More information is available at the New York DRE website.

North Carolina

North Carolina

Tim Hanks
Forensic Tests for Alcohol
1922 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1922

Phone: (919) 707-5250
Fax: (919) 870-4814

Email: Tim Hanks

North Dakota

North Dakota

Trooper Tarek Chase
North Dakota Highway Patrol
601 Channel Drive
Bismark, ND 58501
Phone: (701) 220-6671
E-Mail: Trooper Tarek Chase

Ohio

Ohio

Sergeant Sam Criswell
Ohio State Highway Patrol
1970 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223
Phone: (614) 312-7481
Email: Sam Criswell

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Master Sergeant David Roberts
Oklahoma City Police Department
700 Colcord
Oklahoma City, OK 730102
Phone: (405) 297-1145
Email: Sgt David Roberts
 

Oregon

Oregon

Sergeant Timothy Plummer
Oregon DECP State Coordinator
Oregon State Police
3565 Trelstad Ave, SE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone: (971) 600-5027
Email: Timothy Plummer

 

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Dave Andrascik
Pennsylvania DUI Association
2413 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 238-4354
Email: David Andrascik

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Rick Sullivan
Law Enforcement Highway Safety Training Coordinator
1762 Louisquisset Pike
Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865
Phone:(401) 722-5808
Email: Rick Sullivan

South Carolina

South Carolina

Geoffrey Hossack
South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
540 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Phone: (803) 896-7926
Email: Geoffrey Hossack

South Dakota

South Dakota

Sergeant Isaac Kurtz
South Dakota Highway Patrol
1041 N. Lincoln Ave
Madison, SD 57042
Phone: (605) 480-3361
Email: Sergeant Isaac Kurtz

Tennessee

Tennessee

Tony Burnett
Tennessee Highway Safety Office
300 Murfreesboro Rd
Phone: (615) 559-7849
E-mail: Tony Burnett

Texas

Texas

Cecilia Marquart
Sam Houston University
816 – 17th Street, Rm A-120
P.O. Box 2296
Huntsville, TX 77341
Phone: (936) 294-1677
Fax: (936) 294-1638
E-mail: Cecilia Marquart

Utah

Utah

Sergeant Chris Newlin
State DEC Coordinator
UT Highway Patrol/Training
410 West 9800 South
Sandy, UT 84070
Phone: (435) 637-0980
Fax: (801)256-2449
Email: Sgt Chris Newlin

Vermont

Vermont

John Flannigan
Criminal Justice Training Council
6 Rustic Drive
Essex Jct., VY 05452
Phone: 802-999-7685
Email: John Flannigan

More information is available at the Vermont Governor's Highway Safety Program's DRE Website.

Virginia

Virginia

Melanie Stokes
Virginia Highway Safety Office
2300 West Broad Street, Room 405
Richmond, VA 23269
Phone: (804) 497-5339
Fax: (804) 367-6604
E-mail: Melanie Stokes

Washington

Washington

Sgt. Brock Haner
WA State Patrol
2700 116th Street N
Marysville, WA 98270
Work 206-720-3018
Fax 206-720-3246
E-mail: Sgt Brock Haner

West Virginia

West Virginia

Officer Joey Koher
Huntington Police Department
675 10th Street
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: (859)200-0229
Email: Joey Koher

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

Steve Krejci
Milwaukee Police Department
10300 W. Juniper Street
Milwaukee, WI 53224
Phone: (414) 550-0979
Email: Steve Krejci

Wyoming

Wyoming

Sgt Duane Ellis
Wyoming Highway Patrol
5300 Bishop Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Phone:(307) 777-4344
FAX:(307) 777-3949
Email: Sgt Duane Ellis

Canada

Canada

Sgt Ray Moos
RCMP National Traffic Services
73 Leiken Drive, M3-3, Mailstop #8
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A OR2
Email: Sgt Ray Moos

RESOURCES FOR STATE COORDINATORS

State DEC Program Coordinators can access secure resources for the proper administration of their impaired driving enforcement programs.This site is password protected and is restricted for state coordinators only.

WHAT’S NEW

The Use of Oral Fluid to Detect Drugged Drivers

"While oral fluid drug screening technology is not new to the science arena, use of this technology by law enforcement at the roadside is a newer concept prompted by the commercialization of cannabis and the opioid epidemic." The October 2020 Between the Lines newsletter from the National Traffic Law Center features information on the Use of Oral Fluid to Detect Drugged Drivers.

Technical Advisory Panel Positions Available for Appointment/Re-appointment

The DEC Program Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) of the International Association of Chiefs of Police has six positions available for appointment or re-appointment:

  1. Police Administration
  2. IACP DEC Program Western Region Representative
  3. IACP DEC Program Eastern Region Representative
  4. International
  5. Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Academy
  6. DEC Program State Coordinator

For more information, including qualifications and how to apply for one of these positions, please click here. The deadline is November 13, 2020.

The Cannabis Report: America's Perception on Consumption and Road Risk

This survey reports American's behaviors and attitudes toward marijuana use, impairment, and driving.

Responsibility.Org Position Statements Relating to Drugged Driving Released

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility – Responsibility.org, mission is to lead efforts to eliminate drunk driving and working with others to end all Impaired driving. In support of this mission, our Board of Directors recently approved three new policy statements focusing on Multi-Substance Impaired Driving, Oral-Fluid Screening for Impaired Drivers, and Increasing Drug Testing in Impaired Driving Cases.

Countering Drug-Impaired Driving: Addressing the Complexities of Gathering and Presenting Evidence in Drug-Impaired Driving Cases

This recently compiled report is the result of information gathered during a two-day workshop that was convened by RTI international and the RAND Corporation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice. The content includes challenges and complexities faced by law enforcement, forensic toxicologists and prosecutors in their roles collecting, interpreting and presenting DUID cases. The panel consisted of subject matter experts from each of the above professions, including representation from the IACP and the IACP Technical Advisory Panel.

MADD Newsletter

The Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) April 2020 Newsletter features an article on the “Three-Legged Approach” to deterring drug-impaired driving, along with other impaired driving news for our law enforcement partners.

Technical Advisory Panel Position on Online SFST, ARIDE, and DRE Training

On April 30, 2020, the Technical Advisory Panel held its 2020 mid-year meeting and adopted a formal position regarding delivering SFST, ARIDE, or DRE training using an online/virtual platform.

March Minnesota Newsletter

Minnesota's March 2020 Snare the Drug Impaired Newsletter features articles on marijuana use among drivers who have children in their car, incidence of driving under the influence by marijuana patients, and more.

Cannabis Use Among Drivers in Fatal Crashes in Washington State Before and After Legalization

This AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Research Brief reported the proportion of fatal-crash-involved drivers in Washington who are THC-positive has doubled since marijuana legalization.

Legal Highs and Medical Complications

People can use numerous drugs that exist outside of existing laws in order to get "legal highs." When Good Times Go Bad: Managing 'Legal High' Complications in the Emergency Department covers a wide variety of "legal highs" that may have abuse potential and pose serious health risks.

IACP Now Accepting Proposals From Law Enforcement Agencies for $2.3 Million of NHTSA/IACP Funding to Combat Drug-Impaired Driving Enforcement Training

IACP, in cooperation with NHTSA, have completed the proposal process for contracts to be provided to U.S. law enforcement agencies to deliver training in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Drug Recognition Expert training. The submission process is now open and more information is available here.

2017 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes: An Overview

There were 36,260 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes on U.S. roadways during 2018, a 2.4-percent decrease from 37,473 people killed in 2017, which came after a 0.9 percent decrease from 2016 to 2017. This Traffic Safety Facts Research Note provides a brief overview of the 2018 fatal crash picture using data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

Colorado Announces New Drug Impaired Driving Initiative

The Colorado Department of Transportation and Larimer County launched a multi-jurisdictional team to eliminate drugged driving in northern Colorado.

Law Enforcement Phlebotomy Toolkit Available

A law enforcement phlebotomy program is a proven strategy to mitigate the time and cost issues associated with drawing blood from drivers suspected of driving while impaired (DWI) and therefore obtain the evidence necessary to prosecute impaired drivers. This toolkit provides information and resources to aid State and local law enforcement agencies in the implementation of a law enforcement phlebotomy program. The information in this toolkit is compiled from existing, successful law enforcement phlebotomy programs.

The Impact of Recreational Marijuana Commercialization on Traumatic Injury

The medical legalization of marijuana has been shown to result in an increased risk of motor vehicle injuries. The objective of this study was to determine whether the proportion of injured patients testing positive for marijuana and other drugs changed two years before and two years after commercialization of recreational marijuana in Colorado.

White House Releases National Drug Control Strategy

Jim Carroll, the newly sworn-in Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), released the Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy, which establishes the President’s priorities for addressing the challenge of drug trafficking and use.

CONTACT US

If you have questions regarding the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program, the Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP), or other impaired driving training, please contact us at:

Kyle Clark
Project Manager - National
P.O. Box 1002
Macclenny, FL 32063
Telephone: 703-647-7259

Joe Abrusci
Project Manager - Eastern Region
P.O. Box 438
Flanders, NJ 07836
Telephone: 703-647-7258

Jim Maisano
Project Manager - Central Region
P.O. Box 721662
Norman, OK 73072
Telephone: 703-647-7257

Chuck Hayes
Project Manager - Western Region
P.O. Box 4597
Salem, OR 97302
Telephone: 703-647-7256

Lisa Carter
Project Coordinator
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-2357
Phone: 703-647-7255

Nuyiri Kasbarian
Project Coordinator
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-2357
Phone: 703-647-7219

Bill O'Leary
Highway Safety Specialist, NHTSA
Enforcement & Justice Services
NTI-122 / W44-231 1200
New Jersey Ave. S.E. Washington, DC 20590
Telephone: 202-366-0543

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