Program Background


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. 

New Mexico DRE

The State of New Mexico has participated in the DRE Program since 1992. With drug-impaired driving cases on the rise, NMDRE is committed to continuously training officers how to recognize the drug-impaired driver. 


Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement

A.R.I.D.E. is a 2-day NMDPS accredited course offered to Law Enforcement and Prosecutors at no charge. The course is designed to assist the field Officer in DWI investigations involving drugs. It is a prerequisite for the DRE School. It also serves as the Officers SFST update. 

Drug Recognition Expert School

 The DEC Program trains law enforcement officers and other approved  public safety officials as DREs through a three-phase training process:
  1. DRE Pre-School (16 hours)
  2. DRE School (56 hours)
  3. DRE Field Certification (Approximately 40-60 hrs)       
  • Once trained  and certified, DREs become highly effective officers skilled in the  detection and identification of persons impaired by alcohol and/or  drugs. 


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New Mexico Drug Recognition Expert Program

3620 Wyoming Blvd N.E. #126 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111