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A drug recognition expert or drug recognition evaluator (DRE) is a police officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) coordinates the International Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition to officers, who are certified as DREs, the DEC Program educates prosecutors and toxicologists on the DRE process and the drug categories.


Current EHTPD Drug Recognition Expert Unit Members

Lt. Cherie Burgan

Sgt. Brian Keane

Sgt. Joseph Griffiths

Ofc. Louis Poletis


Ofc. Edward Stearns