THE DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERT
bald eagle, a traditional symbol of United States law
enforcement, symbolizes strength, courage and confidence.
|The eagle is proudly stretching it’s wings to display
the title one receives after completing the comprehensive training program: “Drug
twelve rays that surround the eagle’s head represent
the twelve steps in the drug influence evaluation process. The first step is a breath
alcohol test, and the last is the corroborative toxicological examination.
|The eagle’s right talon is holding a grape leaf cluster, symbolizing the drug alcohol.|
|The left talon is holding seven arrows or spikes, signifying
the seven categories of drugs. The categories, based on specific signs and symptoms,
are: Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants, Inhalants, Phencyclidine (PCP), Cannabis,
CNS Stimulants, Hallucinogens, and Narcotic Analgesics.
“Systematic Standardized Evaluation” that surround
the emblem are the watchwords of the Drug Evaluation Procedure.
|In the background of the emblem’s center is a green cross.
Green, the traditional color of safety, symbolizes law enforcement. The cross also
represents the center of the Los Angeles Police Department traffic division’s uniform
|In the foreground is the California bear. This symbolizes
the fact that the Drug Recognition expert program had its start in California. It
is also a tongue-in-cheek reference to the program’s unofficial joke. Ask a Drug
Recognition Expert about the “bear in the beer bar” for details!