NLCRPD Officer Hahn now a DRE expert

The NLCRPD is pleased to announce that Officer Alexandra Hahn (depicted in left side of the image) has recently completed the required course for certification in Pennsylvania as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) for the identification, testing, and prosecution of persons under the influence. Officer Hahn will soon be a five-year veteran of the NLCRPD and has met the following are the prerequisites for DRE School Candidates: NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Practitioner, NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Instructor,NHTSA Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Training, Class A Breath Test Operator.

The DRE course is a multi-phase course divided into two distinct phases.

ACADEMIC TRAINING - This phase is typically conducted over two-weeks (72 classroom hours). It includes courses in physiology, vital signs, standardized field sobriety testing (SFST), as well as extensive instruction on each of the seven (7) drug categories in the DECP. The training includes three (3) written examinations, an SFST proficiency examination and five (5) written quizzes. Students must achieve a minimum of 80% on each of the three (3) examinations and must demonstrate proficiency in administering the SFSTs in order to progress to the certification phase. The academic training is conducted utilizing creative, participant-centered teaching techniques.

CERTIFICATION PHASE - Upon successfully completing the academic portion, all students will be scheduled to attend the certification phase for at least five (5) consecutive days. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the certification requirements within a six-month period following the DRE school. The requirements of this phase include: conducting a minimum of twelve (12) drug influence evaluations while under the supervision of a DRE instructor; identifying subjects under the influence of three (3) of the seven (7) drug categories; and attaining a 75% toxicological confirmation rate. In addition, the student must maintain a progress log, rolling log and submit a quality resume. Finally, the student must pass a comprehensive final knowledge examination which takes approximately eight (8) to twelve (12) hours to complete and obtain the written endorsement of two (2) certified DRE instructors.

DRE certification is valid for two (2) years. In order to maintain certification, DREs must conduct a minimum of four (4) evaluations within this time period, submit a rolling log, submit a curriculum vitae, teach a minimum of eight (8) hours of DUI related material, and attend eight (8) hours of recertification training.