|Glendale Police Department DUI Enforcement Unit
The Glendale Police Department is dedicated to the aggressive enforcement of Arizona’s DUI laws and to making the roadways in and around our city a safe place to travel.
In 2004, The Glendale Police Department created a full-time DUI Enforcement Squad as part of the Special Operations Division/Traffic Unit that initially consisted of one police motorcycle sergeant, and three police motorcycle officers. Today, the squad is comprised of a motorcycle sergeant and has grown to seven officers. The officers are provided with equipment such as laser speed detection devices, preliminary breath testers, and the new Honda ST1300P Police Motorcycle in order to conduct enforcement activity as effectively as possible.
The “DUI Squad” is responsible for the pro-active detection, investigation and arrest of alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers on this squad are certified motorcycle officers, have received training in advanced impairment detection/Field Sobriety testing, and the majority are certified as Drug Recognition Experts (DRE), which allows them to detect and identify impairment caused by substances other than alcohol to include either prescription or illicit drugs. Most are also qualified Law Enforcement Phlebotomists, which allows them to draw a blood sample in order to determine blood alcohol concentration/drug content. Their primary work hours are consistent with the most prominent times DUI offenses occur, but the officers often adjust their schedules so they can be present and conduct enforcement activity for various special events that occur within the city including events in and around the Westgate City Center, University of Phoenix Stadium and Jobing.com Arena.
Along with the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers, the officers of the DUI Squad are responsible for enforcing the traffic laws of the city and state. They also assist the department’s Vehicular Crimes Unit with collision investigation when impairment is or may be a factor in the collision. Other responsibilities include working as instructors for current and new patrol officers in DUI detection and apprehension, DUI detection and traffic law at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy (ALEA), and presentations given to numerous high schools within the city. Several of the officers are involved as instructors for the police department’s Citizen’s Academy, and two of them are currently certified as DITEP (Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals) instructors who present classes to middle and high school educators and administrators on recognizing the signs of drug use and abuse among students.
The DUI squad currently participates as a member of the West Valley DUI Task Force in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety/Arizona DUI Task Force. The Glendale Police Department coordinates the activities of the West Valley DUI Task Force, which consists of highly trained DUI enforcement officers from numerous agencies throughout the West Valley. These officers conduct saturation patrol “wolf packs” and DUI checkpoints throughout the West Valley with the main goal of apprehending DUI offenders and reducing the number of alcohol-related traffic collisions. A specific police agency will host a saturation patrol or checkpoint, and officers from the other West Valley agencies team together in a focused area in order to have a much higher impact. This is in addition to their normal duties. A list of the future saturation patrols/checkpoints has been included below for reference.
The officers of the DUI Enforcement Unit are highly motivated individuals with a passion for what they do. They believe strongly in reducing traffic collisions and in making the roadways of the city of Glendale a safe place for our citizens and motorists.
Below is a list of the remaining West Valley Task Force Saturation Patrol/Checkpoint events for 2009:
- Saturday, September 12th 2009, Host: Surprise Police Department
- Friday, September 25th 2009, Host: Goodyear Police Department
- Friday, October 2nd 2009, Host: Buckeye Police Department
- Saturday, October 17th 2009, Host: El Mirage Police Department
- Saturday, October 31st 2009 Host: Glendale Police Department
- Friday, November 13th 2009, Host: Avondale Police Department
- Saturday, November 14th 2009, Host: Surprise Police Department
- Friday, November 27th 2009, Host: Buckeye Police Department
- Saturday, December 12th 2009, Host: Tolleson Police Department
- Friday, December 18th 2009, Host: Avondale Police Department
- Saturday, December 19th 2009, Host: Goodyear Police Department
- Saturday, December 26th 2009, Host: Glendale Police Department
- Thursday, December 31st 2009 Host: Glendale Police Department
For questions, please contact:
Sgt. Mark Malinski
DUI Enforcement Unit