2018 Courses of Instruction


  • July 23-August 3, 2018

Prerequisite: Must have a minimum of three years experience as a Law Enforcement Officer, and have a minimum of 36 career DWI arrests, or if less than 3 years experience, must have a minimum of 72 career DWI arrests.  The candidate must have attended an ARIDE training course.  Additionally, all DRE candidates must be proficient in administering Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, and active in DWI enforcement.  Candidates must provide a letter of support from their agency head or DRE Coordinator.

Course Description: This very intense, advanced course is designed to enable participants to determine whether observed driver impairment is due to drug use other than alcohol, and if so, to identify the category or categories of drugs inducing the observable signs of impairment.

The curriculum involves a three-phase training process:
Phase I of the drug recognition training consists of a two-day (16-hour) preschool.  During this preschool, students become familiar with the techniques of the drug evaluation, and receive updated training on SFSTs.  Students also begin to learn the techniques and procedures for evaluating persons suspected of drug impairment.

Phase II of training is a seven-day (56-hour) classroom program, during which students receive detailed instruction in the techniques of the drug evaluation examination as well as in physiology, the effects of drugs and legal considerations.  Upon completion of this phase of training, the student must pass a comprehensive written examination before proceeding to Phase III of training, the field certification.

The field certification portion of training follows completion of the classroom training. During this portion of the training, students, under the direction of certified instructors, evaluate subjects suspected of being impaired by drugs other than alcohol.  After participating in and documenting the results of at least twelve drug evaluations and completing a comprehensive examination, the student is certified as a Drug Recognition Expert.

NOTE: Field certification nights will be held in addition to the 72 hours of classroom training. These are mandatory, and scheduled at the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, Arizona for the following dates

August 19 - August 24, 2018

Who Should Attend:Officers who meet the prerequisite requirements, and voluntarily accept the responsibilities of a DRE, including call-outs, maintaining proper paperwork and completing the minimum number of evaluations and training hours for recertification. 

Note:  Potential DRE candidates for this school must be approved by the course coordinator prior to enrollment.  Interested candidates must complete the separate DRE Candidate application located on the Academy website, or contact the course coordinator via e-mail for an application.


  • Funding is provided through a Highway Safety Grant for this training.  Students will be required to pay for their own meals during certification nights in Phoenix, AZ.  All other costs will be covered.

Continuing Education Hours:

  • To be determined

Mineral Area College Credit:

  • None
  • Sergeant Michael Halford
  • michael.halford@mshp.dps.mo.gov
For questions concerning enrollment:
  • Jeanette Ford
  • 573-751-3626 or jeanette.ford@mshp.dps..mo.gov

Application For Training