Drug Recognition Experts Program

A Colorado Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) is a law enforcement officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) coordinates the International Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Colorado DRE program began in 1987.

As of 2015:

  • 575 Colorado law enforcement officers have completed DRE training
  • There are 212 active DREs
  • Sixty-two agencies have DREs
  • The Colorado State Patrol has the most DREs (64)

Contact Information

Carol Gould
Colorado Department of Transportation
303-757-9468
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Please reference the Colorado Department of Transportation website or contact CDOT Highway Safety Manager, Carol Gould for further information or to sign up for training.

SFST, ARIDE and DRE Certification and Update Course Information