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Sergeant Thomas E. Page, LAPD (ret.) is the former Officer-in-Charge of the Los Angeles Police Department's Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Unit.  Thomas Page is a 22-year veteran of law enforcement, having served in both the Los Angeles Police Department and Detroit Police Departments. Before his a law enforcement career, Thomas Page served the Wayne County, Michigan Health Department for five years as a public health worker and supervisor.

During his career with the Los Angeles Police Department, Sergeant Thomas Page was the coordinator for the 1985 Los Angeles Field Validation Test (173 case study) of the DRE Procedure. This study validated the effectiveness and reliability of a standardized and systematic approach to drug influence recognition. These procedures have been adopted nationwide by professionals in government, law enforcement, military, private industry and health care.

Thomas Page has taught drug influence recognition and the behavioral indicators of drug use to a wide range of audiences. These audiences include the American Bar Association, Northwestern University Traffic Institute, the California Department of Mental Health, the Swedish National Police Federation in Stockholm, the Russian Procuracy Training Academy in Moscow, the Victoria Police in Melbourne, Australia, the Department of the Army, nurses, physicians, psychiatrists, toxicologists, and private industry.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology, and his Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Detroit.

Sergeant Thomas Page is a past first General Chairperson of the DRE Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and is a past member of IACP's DRE Technical Advisory Panel. Sergeant Thomas Page has also been an advisory member of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science's Drugs and Driving Committee. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology, and his Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the University of Detroit.

Thomas Page has authored numerous articles on drug user detection techniques. His credits include Police Chief Magazine, The Siren, The DRE, the Victoria Australia Parliamentary Road Safety Committee Report, and the 1988 International Congress on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Oslo, Norway.  He is the co-author of Drug Information Handbook for the Criminal Justice Professional and the co-editor of Medical-Legal Aspects of Abused Substances: Old And New - Licit And Illicit.

According to the author of Medical-Legal Aspects of Abused Substances: Old And New - Licit And Illicit, “This book continues a discourse that was begun with Medical-Legal Aspects of Drugs (Burns, 2003). As can be noted by the chapter titles, however, the topics extend beyond drugs that have been widely misused and abused over time. The authors discuss newly compounded substances, as well as re-discovered drugs of abuse. Scientific knowledge about a substance typically lags behind the need-to-know within the criminal justice system and the treatment community. It is only when a particular drug becomes a significant problem and citizens demand attention to the problem that adequate funds become available for research and treatment. Thus, data from rigorous scientific study often do not exist for new or newly popular drugs. Nonetheless, on a daily basis law enforcement, the courts, and many others in the community confront the consequences of drug use-whether old or new, licit or illicit. Professionals who deal with drug users have written this book. They include police officers, defense attorney, pharmacologist, police physician, prosecutor, psychologist, and toxicologist. Their platforms of expertise are the laboratory, the courtroom, and the streets. Their perspectives are international. They are truly from the front line of the drug problems that are worldwide in scope. They obtained much of the information that they share with the reader from their daily responsibilities. Their limited bibliographies reflect not carelessness but reality; in many cases, there are few if any scientific studies to be cited. We truly are indebted to the authors for their contributions. We acknowledge their generosity of time and effort, especially since some expressed misgivings about their writing skills and others continued to write during periods of great personal stress. We also thank our assistant, Jené Moio, without whose skills we could not have persevered.”

Drug Information Handbook For The Criminal Justice Professional (Copware)
Marcelline, Ph.D. Burns  More Info

Medical-Legal Aspects of Abused Substances: Old And New - Licit And Illicit
Lawyers & Judges Publishing  More Info

According to Drug Information Handbook for the Criminal Justice Professional, it is a “Compilation of over 570 drugs, agents, and substances for the criminal justice professional.”  The book is divided into eight sections: introduction; listing of drugs; special topics; street names; medical terms; Canadian brand names; appendix; and, therapeutic category index.

According to Medical-Legal Aspects of Abused Substances: Old And New - Licit And Illicit, “If you regularly handle cases involving substance abuse or need information on newly compounded substances, as well as re-discovered drugs of abuse such as Ecstasy, Meth, PCP, Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate, otherwise know as the "Date Rape Drug", and Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids popular with today’s athletes, this is your reference of choice. It has extensive chapters devoted to the above substances as well as others. The authors discuss the role of law enforcement officers in abused substance cases, double standards in enforcing substance abuse laws, driving under the influence of drugs as opposed to alcohol, and legal and prosecution perspectives regarding this type of case. This book contains much valuable information and is a must for anyone who regularly deals with prosecuting or defending substance abuse cases.

The authors also present case studies of Turkey and Australia’s laws pertaining to abused substances and driving, and how they were developed. This information is particularly valuable to those involved in the creation of substance abuse legislation, here in the US and around the world.”

From the History of the Los Angeles Police Department (lapdonline.org)

This is not to imply that progress had been stalled in the Police Department. A merit system was implemented in 1920, followed in 1922 by salary increases and the appointment of the first Deputy Chief and Inspector of Detectives. The City’s population by now neared one million and its territory had expanded to 363 square miles.

Between 1919 and 1923, eight Chiefs came and departed, each faced with conditions he was virtually powerless to correct, with one exception. August Vollmer, Chief of the Berkeley, California Police Department, agreed to serve for one year. The likelihood exists that he did not know that the bosses supported his selection in their efforts to silence the crusading news media.

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