Drug Recognition Evaluator Program

Welcome to the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP)

 

​The California Highway Patrol is the State Coordinator of all DECP training for the State of California.  These training courses include: Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP).  The courses are facilitated through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

How do I document Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) activity on my 415?How do I document Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) activity on my 415?<p>​​For an evaluation, the Activity code will be <em>HQ-202</em>. For any time spent on DRE related activities, the Beat code will be <em>DR</em>, and time will be <em>Beat Hours Summary</em>. </p><p>Policy may be found in HPM 70.4 Chapter 11, Paragraph 20 (pages 11-13).</p>
How do I find out about upcoming Drug Recognition Evaluator classes in my area?How do I find out about upcoming Drug Recognition Evaluator classes in my area?<p>​In the <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=76bdb9c2-3652-4bd5-b330-1eb3d8127efd&TermSetId=60be2733-c40e-4f75-96cc-b67d4d71e190&TermId=a6ebce67-35aa-410c-97c1-5a923a49aaf1">Drug Recognition Evaluator</a> program page, click on the <em>Schedule of Classes</em> link in the menu on the right. We post all classes we coordinate on our site.</p>
How do I sign up for Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) or Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Classes?How do I sign up for Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) or Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Classes?<p>​​Fill out a training request form which can be found by clicking on the <em>Resources </em>link in the menu on the right, and send it to the course coordinator.</p>
How do I sign up for a Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) class?How do I sign up for a Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) class?<p>​​Prospective students shall submit a signed training request form (click on the <em>Resources</em> link in the menu on the right) along with copies of their SFST and ARIDE certificates electronically to the course coordinator. This is the only way to obtain a roster slot. A name and POST number will not suffice.</p>
I can't log into the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) tracking system.I can't log into the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) tracking system.<p>​Email the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DECP) unit at <a href="mailto:dre@chp.ca.gov">dre@chp.ca.gov</a> and provide your full name and DRE number. Someone from the unit will reset your password and email it back to you.</p>
I submitted a training request or made contact requesting enrollment in a class and haven't heard anything back yet.I submitted a training request or made contact requesting enrollment in a class and haven't heard anything back yet.<p>​Please be patient. We handle a high volume of class registrations and requests from numerous agencies, therefore your paperwork may not be processed immediately. Depending on how far out the class is, confirmation emails may not have been sent out yet. Rest assured, you will hear back from us.</p>
I want to host a Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) class at my department.I want to host a Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) class at my department.<p>​Contact the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP) unit at (916) 843-4360. You may also click on the <em>Contact Information</em> link at the menu on the right to find the coordinator of the type of class you would like to host. You may contact the class coordinator directly.</p>
Is there a dress code for Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) school?Is there a dress code for Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) school?<p>​​There is a strict dress code which shall be followed while attending DRE classroom courses. Students are required to wear collared shirts and slacks or khaki style pants. Female students may wear conservative dresses or skirts if preferred, however, this course requires some practical exercises. Jeans and hats are not allowed at any time during the classroom course.</p>
The programs administered by the CHP are IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) programs. May I contact IACP directly with any issues?The programs administered by the CHP are IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) programs. May I contact IACP directly with any issues?<p>​Because the CHP is the California State Coordinator of the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) program, all inquiries and issues should be directed to the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP) unit. Please do not contact the IACP with any issues. The IACP administers this program in 50 states and several countries, and it would create unnecessary work for them to handle inquiries from individuals. The CHP will address any inquiries or issues with the IACP when necessary.</p>
What is involved in the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) certification process?What is involved in the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) certification process?<p>​​The certification process involves two parts: a 72-hour classroom course and a separate 32-hour field certification course. Both are required in order to certify as a DRE.</p>
What is my Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) status?What is my Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) status?<p>​When you certified, or recertified, you should have received a card in the mail with your name, DRE number and expiration date. If you have lost this card, you can call the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP) unit at (916) 843-4360 to inquire about your expiration date. </p>
Where can I find the most up-to-date Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) face pages and other forms associated with the DRE program?Where can I find the most up-to-date Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) face pages and other forms associated with the DRE program?<p>​You can find all necessary forms by clicking on the <em>Resources </em>link in the menu on the right.</p>
Who do I contact if I have any Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) related issues?Who do I contact if I have any Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) related issues?<p>​Contact the CHP DECP unit at (916) 376-3256 or email <a href="mailto:dre@chp.ca.gov">dre@chp.ca.gov</a>. Do not contact the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) directly.</p>

 

Supporting Page