Utah’s Drug Recognition Expert (D.R.E.) Program began in 1990. Currently, there are 155 drug recognition experts stationed throughout the state, working for various law enforcement agencies. Officers who attend D.R.E. training are taught how to detect and apprehend drug impaired drivers, an ever-increasing problem on the highways of our state.
This is a nationally recognized program. In order to become D.R.E. certified, an officer must complete two weeks of intensive classroom training and pass a written examination with a score of 80 percent or higher. Once an officer has successfully completed the classroom training, they are required to complete 12 D.R.E. evaluations on drug impaired subjects. After this internship, the officer must pass a comprehensive final examination. Peace officers who successfully complete the rigorous course are certified by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.).
A D.R.E. evaluation is a 12-step process where the officer first conducts a preliminary interview to determine if the impairment is caused by a medical condition. The officer then conducts several tests, including field sobriety tests, and performs a check of the person’s vital signs, and examines their eyes.
If you are interested in learning more about the D.R.E Program, or if you want to apply for an upcoming training session, please contact Lt. Steven Winward at (801) 284-5514 or by e-mail.