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Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School  

DRE school is extremely demanding. To receive certification as a DRE, two phases of training must be completed. The following summarizes each phase:

Academic Training

This phase is typically conducted over two weeks (80 hours). It includes courses in physiology, vital signs, standardized field sobriety testing (SFST), as well as extensive material on each of the seven categories of the drugs of abuse. The training includes two written examinations, an SFST proficiency examination and five written quizzes. Students must achieve a minimum of 80% on the two examinations, and must demonstrate proficiency in administering the SFST in order to progress to the certification phase. The academic training is conducted utilizing creative, participant-centered teaching techniques.

Certification Phase

After successfully completing the academic portion, the students return to their division of assignment. It is the student's responsibility to complete the certification requirements within six months following the DRE school. These requirements include: conducting a minimum of 12 drug influence evaluations while under the supervision of a DRE instructor; passing a comprehensive final knowledge examination, and obtaining the written endorsement of two certified DRE instructors.

How does a law enforcement officer in Florida become a DRE?

  • The officer must submit an application to the State Coordinator, Darrell Edmonds (904) 620-4786.
  • The officer must have completed the 24-hour NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Training (SFST) course and demonstrate proficiency in all tasks. The officer should have experience in detecting and arresting DUI's to include testimony in court.
  • The officer must have completed the 16-hour NHTSA Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) course.
  • The officer will be required to obtain a written endorsement from an Assistant State Attorney in the officer's circuit.
  • The officer must also be recommended by his/her Chief or Sheriff and the recommendation of another DRE is highly recommended.
  • Eligible Florida law enforcement officers can be reimbursed up to $80/day for travel expenses.
  • Applicants can also receive information from one of the Regional DRE Coordinators.

Please click here to download the DRE School flyer.

This course is by application only, no registrations are accepted. Please click here to download the DRE Application.

For more information, please visit: www.decp.org

The DRE Program is funded for Florida officers by the Florida Department of Transportation.

 

Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School
    2/18/2019 - 2/28/2019 Tampa Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $0.00
Class will be held atHillsborough County S.O. Pinebrook Training Center
Room TBD, 1409 North Falkenburg Road Tampa, FL 33619
Registration for this class is by application only. Click here to download an application form, then complete it and submit it to IPTM. If your application is accepted, you will receive additional details and instructions approximately 4 - 6 weeks prior to the class start date.
Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School
    2/18/2019 - 2/28/2019 Tampa Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $1,500.00
Class will be held atHillsborough County S.O. Pinebrook Training Center
Room TBD, 1409 North Falkenburg Road Tampa, FL 33619
Registration for this class is by application only. Click here to download an application form, then complete it and submit it to IPTM. If your application is accepted, you will receive additional details and instructions approximately 4 - 6 weeks prior to the class start date.
Attention Florida Officers:   A limited number of tuition grants are available for this class and will be given to qualified applicants who are selected for the program.