It is for 25 police officers undergoing some very intensive DRE training at the Michigan State Police Academy.
Our Officer Jeramey Peters is an instructor in this school but don’t worry we have Officer Dan Pracher, another DRE, back working our streets. On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to visit the class and participate in a news conference at the Michigan State Police Academy to announce the very first Drug Recognition Expert training class in Michigan. If you’ve read this blog before you know that I’ve written about this important program before. Michigan has not been a state that has taken this up very quickly but we are glad that we could play a role to get us here. It is a program of the International Association of Chiefs of Police that began in California in the 1970s. The officers go through extensive training that makes it possible for them to examine a person and determine what category of drugs an impaired person may be under the influence of. It is used primarily in relationship to drugged driving. Often the officers may know that a person is impaired because their appearance or their behavior is not normal but in the past we had few tools to gather evidence to charge a crime. Now we have one more very important tool in our arsenal.
Thanks to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Programs and Colonel Etue of the Michigan State Police for her support. Here is an article from the news conference:
And just a reminder–we’re talking about prescription drugs and marijuana used for medical purposes too. It all has the potential to impair your driving.