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Drug detection program reinstated in MN

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A program that trains officers how to recognize drivers on drugs is being reinstated after a suspension last year in Minnesota.

The Drug Recognition Evaluator program (DRE) was suspended last year after Occupy Minnesota activists alleged that officers crossed the line by administering drugs in the testing field in order to study them.

The program will now see some changes before it can be put in motion again. The Department of Public Safety says instead of using study subjects in Minnesota, trainees will head out west to receive more comprehensive training and get their field certification through a DRE program in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol.

Local attorney Nathan Hansen fears the California program still doesn't lend any credibility, and the cost to send trainees out west may not outweigh the benefits the program would provide. He says test subjects have been treated like animals by officers, and no one is being held accountable.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted a criminal investigation relating to the previous allegations, but no charges were filed against trainees or supervisors.

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