Drug Recognition Expert School (DRE)

This course is hosted by the Washington State Patrol. 

Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School trains and certifies law enforcement officers to conduct examinations of drug-impaired drivers.  This class is completed in three phases.  The first phase is an 80-hour classroom training  which covers a large amount of complicated materials.  Students will need to be prepared to work hard and study often to successfully complete this course.  The second phase is a  40-50 hour Field Certification process.  Students get hands-on practice with subjects suspected to be under the influence of drugs. The third phase is the comprehensive written examination which will be scheduled at a later date.  This program requires a substantial commitment on the part of both the student and the student's agency.  The Inter- national Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the regulating and certifying organization for the DRE program.  DRE certification is valid for a two-year period after which the DRE can seek re-certification by meeting criteria established by IACP and the WA State DRE Coordinator.

Please refer to the flyer linked below for registration information.

Applicant candidates must be a state certified or commissioned law enforcement officer in a full-time paid capacity and must have three (3) years of law enforcement experience.  They must have successfully passed the NHTSA/IACP DUI Detection and SFST course (24 hours), successfully passed the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) course (16 hours), and have a valid BAC (Draeger) card.


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