Drug Recognition Expert Program

DREThe City of Auburn Hills takes Impaired Driving, Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), and Operating Under the Influence of Narcotics (OUIN), very seriously.

Every effort is made to ensure that our city streets are safe from motorists behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcoholic beverages.

The majority of the officers within the department are trained in the use of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST), Preliminary Breath Test (PBT), and the DataMaster Breathalyzer to detect alcohol impairment on motorists stopped for suspicion of Operating While Intoxicated.

In 2005 the Auburn Hills Police Department took an additional step to ensure that the streets were safe from impaired drivers by sending an officer to Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) schooling. The DRE program is also designed to detect drivers under the influence of alcoholic beverages, but specializes in the detection and prosecution of drug impaired drivers.

Auburn Hills Police Department was the first police department in the State of Michigan to have a Certified Drug Recognition Expert. As of 2018,  we have three Certified Drug Recognition Experts patrolling the  Auburn Hills community.  

The State of Michigan currently has 120 Certified Drug Recognition Experts within the state with plans of expanding in the near future.

The City of Auburn Hills has worked in partnership with the State of Indiana and the State of Arizona to obtain this specialized training for the two officers.