Academy News

May
20
2013

Class 179 Does SFST and DUI Enforcement Training

Posted 1 years 188 days ago ago by News Editor

On Friday May 17th the recruits of class #179 completed their Standardized Field Sobriety Training (SFST). The night included a DWI wet lab in which six volunteer drinkers were invited to the Academy and supplied with various amounts of alcohol. The recruits were given the task of performing field sobriety tests on each drinker to determine a) whether or not the subject was intoxicated, b) the approximate level of intoxication, and c) whether or not to arrest/not arrest the subject based on the results. The training was huge success with the recruits all stating that what they had learned in the classroom translated into realistic training for what it will be like on the road.

At the end of the training night, a number of the recruits volunteered at a joint DWI checkpoint established by the St. Louis County Police Department and the Creve Coeur Police Department.

More than 17,000 people die every year, and half a million are injured, from entirely preventable alcohol-related crashes. That's one death every half hour. Research shows that the best ways to reduce these numbers are high-profile enforcement efforts, especially regularly conducted sobriety checkpoints. Recent studies found such checkpoints can cut the death toll by 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints' most important value is deterrence. With just a few officers, a bit of publicity, and no inconvenience for motorists, regularly scheduled sobriety checkpoints have been shown to reduce the number of crashes and, ultimately, the number of tragedies, largely through deterrence.

Again, the night was a huge success. There were a total of 345 vehicles checked, 10 DWI arrests and 1 felony drug arrest. The officers also issued 32 citations.

Stated SFST instructor Don Jacquin, "I thought the recruits learned valuable lessons tonight on what it's going to be like in a few weeks when they graduate. It doesn't get more 'real world' training for them than to actually assist in a DWI checkpoint."

For more information on this or other St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy programs, please contact Lieutenant Kevin Lawson at (314) 889-8600 or by email at klawson@stlouisco.com.

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