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 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.
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.
The DEC Program trains law enforcement officers and other approved public safety officials as DREs through a three-phase training process: