The Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program is managed and coordinated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The IACP has four staff persons dedicated to the coordination, expansion and administration of the DEC Program:
Program Manager: Jennifer Rolfe, (703) 836-6767 ext.366
Project Assistant: Shirley Mackey (703) 836-6767 ext.279
Eastern Region Project Manager: Kyle Clark, (904) 606-5953
Western Region Project Manager: Chuck Hayes, ( 503) 585-0055
Who Has Oversight for the DEC Program?
IACP Highway Safety Committee
The mission of the IACP Highway Safety Committee’s Technical Advisory Panel is to develop, promote, and provide guidance and support for the DEC and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) programs.
Technical Advisory Panel (TAP)
- The TAP provides the IACP Highway Safety Committee with technical information and advice as requested concerning the DEC Program, SFST training, the problem of the impaired driver and associated issues.
- The TAP reviews, on an as-needed basis, the currently approved DEC and SFST training programs and recommends modifications to reflect current court rulings and changes in procedures as appropriate.
- The TAP reviews and evaluates submitted DRE training curricula to ensure that the learning objectives and course content are consistent with approved standards.
- The TAP establishes and updates the national DECP examinations.
- The TAP makes recommendation as to the policy and direction of the DEC Program.
Who is on the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP)?
Presently 23 members serve on the TAP: the chair of the Highway Safety Committee, who also chairs the TAP; three IACP staff members who oversee the DEC Program’s implementation, expansion and credentialing process; four regional representatives; a POST representative; two representatives from the medical field; a NHTSA staff person; a representative of a police training academy; a prosecutor; a state DRE coordinator; a toxicologist; a police administrator; four at-large positions (one of whom is the chair of the DRE Section and serves for only one year); and a state Highway Safety Office representative. The chair makes all appointments. To ensure continuity of the TAP, one third of the appointed seats are appointed in a given year. A TAP member must be able to attend the Annual TAP Meeting held in conjunction with the IACP annual conference and the TAP Midyear Meeting held in the Spring. Regional representatives must be able to attend the annual regional meetings held within their assigned regions.
TAP Minutes: October 14, 2016: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2016 Annual Meeting held in San Diego, CA
TAP Minutes: October 23, 2015: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2015 Annual Meeting held in Chicago, IL
TAP Minutes: October 24, 2014: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2014 Annual Meeting held in Orlando, FL
TAP Minutes: October 18, 2013: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2013 Annual Meeting held in Philadelphia, PA
TAP Minutes: September 28, 2012: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2012 Annual Meeting held in San Diego, CA
TAP Minutes: October 21, 2011: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2011 Annual Meeting held in Chicago, IL
TAP Minutes: October 22, 2010: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2010 Annual Meeting held in Orlando, FL
TAP Minutes: October 2, 2009: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2009 Annual Meeting held in Denver, CO
TAP Minutes: November 7, 2008: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2008 Annual Meeting held in San Diego, CA
TAP Minutes: October 12, 2007: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2007 Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, LA
TAP Minutes: March 31, 2007: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2007 Midyear Meeting held in Arlington, VA
TAP Minutes: October 13, 2006: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2006 Annual Meeting held in Boston, MA
TAP Minutes: March 25, 2006: The approved minutes of the Technical Advisory Panel 2006 Midyear Meeting held in Arlington, VA
The IACP DRE Section
In 1992 the IACP governing body approved the creation of the IACP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Section. As the bylaws state, the primary purpose of this section is to serve as a coordinating body among the various DRE associations or chapters within states, to serve as a resource, and to respond to the views and needs of the membership. Drug recognition, a growing profession in law enforcement, has seen great promise as a means of identifying and prosecuting drug-impaired drivers. The IACP DRE Section provides a unique opportunity for those professionals already associated with drug recognition to share common management, training, administrative and practicing concerns.
Section members discuss issues such as their annual training conference, re-certification training ideas, continuing and advanced education, and creative teaching techniques for instructors, product evaluations (pen lights, protective gloves, etc.), certification problems and solutions, and the development and sharing of databases. DREs, the practitioners of drug influence recognition, and program coordinators have an ongoing forum for a discussion of needs and concerns through membership in the DRE Section.
Each year the DRE Section hosts the Annual Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving. Through its membership, the section has the sole authority for approving the location and agenda of this conference. For dates and locations of future conferences, check the “Events” and “Home” pages of this Web site. Regional meetings are also held each year and presided over by the TAP regional representative and the DRE Section’s regional representative (see link below to DRE Section Officers and the “Regional Coordinators” page on this Web site).
In addition to providing its annual training conference, the section, as mandated by its bylaws, prepares and distributes an annual report (accessed by clicking here) on the activities and accomplishments of the International Drug Evaluation and Classification Program. The information included in this report reflects the overview and activities of the DEC programs nationwide and in Canada for the preceding calendar year.