Clarksburg WV


Clarksburg Police Department to Add Drug Recognition Expert



Clarksburg Police Department Officer Laura McGlone has been accepted to attend the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program.

A drug recognition expert or drug recognition evaluator (DRE) is a police officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. 

Officer Laura McGlone stated, “In the current nationwide drug abuse epidemic, Harrison County West Virginia has been hit especially hard.  This DRE training and certification will not only help in the proactive enforcement and prosecution of drugged driving, but it can be very helpful in other investigations that are directly related to drug impairment.”

Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the DRE program begins August 21, 2017 and concludes September 1, 2017 in Huntington, WV.  The final certification phase take place in Phoenix, Arizona September 17th through 25th 2017.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) coordinates the International Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.  In addition to officers, who are certified as DREs, the DEC Program educates prosecutors and toxicologists on the DRE process and the drug categories.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program will reimburse the cost of travel and expenses for this training.

There are currently only 31 DREs in the state of West Virginia, the City of Clarksburg is proud to have the opportunity to certify an officer to continue to combat the drug issue within the region.  This also allows for furthering our commitment and education for the betterment and protection of our residents and community.

Story and photo by Dominique Spatafore | City of Clarksburg