Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Austin Police Department implemented a dedicated DWI Unit provides advice to the law enforcement agencies. Austin is home to more than 674,000 residents and site of the main campus of the University of Texas, with more than 40,000 students and 21,000 faculty and staff.

In earlier days, before 1998, Austin police officers handle the traffic issues only when they are free from other calls. Obvious result was increasing no. of accidents. So chief of the police decided to establish a separate enforcement agency for controlling all these misshapenness. The main aim of all the officers who was decided to participate in this program was to focus primarily on DWI issues.

It was noticed mainly that drivers drive under drink between 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and especially after 2 a.m... A seven month special program was started to observe initial lack in accidents. The arrest can be done solely by these officers or they can assign this to other patrol officers as well. It was seen that proper training resulted in general patrol officers being responsible for handling 75 percent of the Austin Police Department’s DWI arrests. Finally after all analysis Austin police department decided to establish a separate enforcement for all DWI arrests. Soon the term “DWI Enforcement” became popular in public and a clear message to all careless motorists.

Guided by the proper effect of this program, the Austin Police Department implemented a policy in 2002 that requires all new officers entering the force to train with the DWI Enforcement Unit for two weeks during their probationary periods. Four Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) course Instructors who are members of the DWI Unit are selected for training in probation period. After successful completion of the training program, they are permitted to patrol on their own.

Mostly the duty days are on weekdays. A separate pattern for special days on which most of the DWI cases has been noticed are already created by department. On the basis of this data, duties of the officers fixed. The DWI patrols are conducted by officers of the Austin Police Department’s DWI Enforcement Unit.

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