Maryland DRE Resource Site


The History of the DRE Program in Maryland

          In August of 1986, First Sergeant Thurl W. Tower of the Maryland State Police was sent to California to be trained and certified as a DRE.  Upon the completion of his training, Sergeant Tower returned to Maryland as the first officer outside of the state of California to be certified as a DRE.  Sergeant Tower had the responsibility of setting up the DRE program in Maryland .

After years of Legislative meetings and conferences, the 1990 General Assembly passed the state's Drugged Driver Testing Statute which permitted police officers trained and certified as DREs to request blood samples from suspected drugged drivers.  In December of 1990, Maryland 's first nine DREs were trained and certified.  Since then Maryland has trained a significant number of DREs and DRE Instructors.