Poteau Police officers are heroes that take an Oath of Honor to protect, serve and lead, not just in ethical standards but being role models in the community as well.
These officers are constantly striving to make the community safer whether it be through rigorous training or lending a helping hand, they take on a great amount of responsibility.
One such officer making a difference in the community is Corporal Brandon McDaniel.
McDaniel recently completed the requirements for becoming an Instructor for the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program.
Corporal McDaniel became a Nationally Certified DRE in 2016 and is one of approximately 160 officers in this state to who are active in the DRE Program.
Recently Corporal McDaniel assisted in the classroom and clinical training for the DRE Class.
DREs receive extensive training on drug impairment to better protect the motoring public from drivers impaired by drugs. DREs can determine what category(s) of drugs are causing the impairment with an outstanding degree of accuracy. This provides safer roads by removing impaired drivers and gives the District Attorney's Office more evidence that can be used in the prosecution of these drivers.