Executive Summary: It is critical for law enforcement to be trained to properly administer any tests and procedures used to obtain evidence against an accused impaired driver. Accurately collecting and handling evidence is also imperative in these cases. Not doing so can result in lost prosecutions and allow impaired drivers to escape conviction and court-ordered sanctions and treatment.
More Detail: Enhanced techniques for obtaining evidence can include: collection of evidence through video recording, interviewing techniques, test administration as well as evidence and data collection and handling of evidence contributing to admissibility for a trial.
Improved procedures and methods to increase the DUI detection rate should be considered and can help combat DUI. While these methods can help the police, a bigger view of the problem dictates procedures that can ultimately deter impaired driving, which should be the goal of any enforcement program.
One well-known nationally-based source of law enforcement training interdiction of impaired drivers is the Institute for Police Training and Management (IPTM). The Institute is currently the largest police training center of its kind in the United States, annually training more than 14,000 officers from around the world. The Institute also presents training programs under contractual arrangements with government agencies throughout North America and abroad. In 1997, IPTM acquired the Public Safety Institute located in Orlando, Florida. It is a division of IPTM and serves as an additional training facility.
Available impaired driving related courses include: advanced in-car video, advanced roadside impaired driving enforcement, DRE re-certification, case law and legislative update, case preparation and courtroom presentation, standardized field sobriety testing, SFST testing instructor update, DUI instructor, HGN workshop for prosecutors and law enforcement officers, in-car video user training for DUI enforcement and prosecution, medical foundation for visual system testing and sobriety checkpoint operations.
Suggested Audience: Enforcement, Prosecutors, Judges
- Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety – Department of Public Safety Home
- Stephen D. Mastrofski; R. Richard Ritti Police training and the effects of organization on drunk driving enforcement. Justice Quarterly, Volume 13, Issue 2 June 1996 , pages 291 – 320
- Institute for Police Training and Management (IPTM)
- Issues and Methods in the Detection of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Transportation Research, September 2000.