Thomas Reagan retired as a patrol lieutenant in February of 2014 after over 25 years of service with the Bangor, Maine Police Department. He has a long history of traffic enforcement with emphasis on impaired driving enforcement and was one of the first drug recognition experts (DRE) in the State of Maine. He also served as DRE instructor and DRE course coordinator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and has taught or administrated the DRE program in several other states. Tom has lectured in several other states and eastern Canada about the synthetic cathinones (bath salts) and was invited to speak at the National Drug Recognition Expert Conference in 2012 in Seattle, Washington. In 2012, Tom was the recipient of the Maine and the National Enrique Camarena Awards. These awards are presented by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks to recognize and honor law enforcement officers who have made a significant contribution in the field of drug prevention and who personify Agent Camarena’s belief that one person can make a difference. Tom was also the recipient of the Maine Transportation Safety Coalition’s Transportation Safety Champion award. He is recognized for his dedication as a Drug Recognition Expert, and for developing training and teaching on the dangers of bath salts.
Since retirement, his interest in traffic safety and drug impaired driving has not waned. He has created several presentations about recognizing drug impairment in the workplace for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor. Also, in 2017, Tom was recognized by the International Association Chiefs of Police for his work in the DRE and related programs and is the only Maine DRE granted DRE Emeritus status. Tom now works as a contractor for the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety as the Law Enforcement Liaison; he continues to teach for Dirigo Safety, LLC.