Each year at the DRE Section’s Annual Training Conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving Training, these awards are presented to those working in the field of drugged driving.
Drug Recognition Expert Emeritus and Ambassador Awards: Protocol for Nominations and Elections
To honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP), the IACP Drug Recognition Expert Section bestows two awards annually at its training conference.
The DRE Ambassador is awarded to an individual who, while never having been certified as a DRE, has made significant contribution to the DECP.
The DRE Emeritus is awarded to a formerly certified DRE who has served the purposes of the DECP with honor and the highest integrity. This individual is no longer an active DRE, either through retirement or a job promotion.
Granted only by the IACP DRE Section, DRE Emeritus and Ambassador status should not be construed as an entitlement by either the individual or the DRE Section. Rather, the bestowal of Emeritus and Ambassador is an affirmative acknowledgement of the individual’s contributions to the DRE community. The DRE Section encourages agencies to draw upon the experience, expertise and historical knowledge of these recognized persons to further the goals of the DECP.
An individual cannot maintain certification as a DRE and hold the title of DRE Emeritus at the same time. DRE Emeritus status does not confer nor perpetuate DRE certification status.List of DRE Emeriti and Ambassadors
Nomination and Selection Procedure:
An individual may be nominated for DRE Emeritus or DRE Ambassador status as noted below:
(1) A nomination, including full contact information for the nominee, is submitted by the requesting agency coordinator in writing to the state coordinator. Upon endorsement by the state coordinator, the nomination shall be forwarded by June 30 to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s DRE Section chair. Click on the following links for the nomination forms: Nomination form for DRE Emeritus. Nomination form for DRE Ambassador.
(2) In those circumstances in which the agency and/or the state has no active coordinator, an individual may apply directly in writing to the chair of the DRE Section for DRE Emeritus or Ambassador status. The chair shall contact the individual’s agency coordinator or regional coordinator and the IACP DECP staff for input and advice.
Karen Tarney-Bookstaff DRE-of-the-Year Awards: Protocol for Nominations and Elections
Karen Tarney‐Bookstaff and her husband founded CANDID (Citizens Against Drug Impaired Driving), an organization committed to reducing the number of injuries and fatalities due to drivers under the influence of illicit, prescription, or over‐the‐counter drugs. Karen promoted the DEC Program to officers, prosecutors, and citizens and was instrumental in bringing the DEC program to Wisconsin in 1995.
On August 28, 2006, Karen Tarney‐Bookstaff died of a heart attack. To honor her memory, the IACP DRE Section established the Karen Tarney‐Bookstaff recognition which is presented annually by the DRE Section of the IACP to a certified DRE who demonstrated outstanding contributions to the DECP for that calendar year. The qualifying period for the award is January 1 ‐ December 31.
Nomination and Selection Procedure:
An individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the DECP may be nominated by any member of the IACP DRE Section. The deadline for nominations is January 31 of the following year. Click on the following link for the nomination form: Nomination form for Karen Tarney-Bookstaff DRE of the Year.
At the DRE Section’s Annual Drugs Alcohol and Impaired Driving Conference, or soon thereafter, the DRE Section’s Awards Committee will review all nominations and determine which nominees are deserving and eligible for DRE Emeritus, DRE Ambassador, and Karen Tarney-Bookstaff DRE-of-the-Year and prepare a slate of nominees. This slate is presented to the section members at its annual meeting so they may vote whether or not to accept the slate.