Drug Recognition Unit
The North Reading Police Department, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Massachusetts Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau (GHSB), has established a Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) program. The program requires the use of Drug Recognition Expert's (DRE).
This unit assists in promoting public safety through the successful arrest and prosecution of persons found in violation of the Massachusetts General Laws, to include operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a drug or drugs in addition to or in combination with alcohol.
Chief Michael P Murphy- Officer in Charge
Detective Thomas Hatch- Certified DRE