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1 Sobriety Checkpoint Operations L. R. “Bob” Jacob, Director, Institute of Police Technology and Management Charles Andrew, Major, Alabama Department of Public Safety

2 Developing a Foundation Purpose of Sobriety Checkpoints Securing Appropriate Staffing Mutual Aid Support Personnel

3 Community Support Public Speaking Special Interest Groups

4 Agency Policy Purpose Authorization Media Notification Site Selection Operational Plan Michigan vs. Sitz

5 Operational Plan The most critical factor to a roadblock Purpose of the Plan Plan should include: Who is in charge Job duties of those involved Arrest procedures, processing Documentation of the operation

6 Problem Identification/ Site Selection Traffic History Alcohol and Drug related crashes High volume of Traffic Violations Safety Speed of traffic Other conditions Officer safety is important!

7 Planning Authorization Follow department policy Approval from High Level Administrator Traffic Engineering Motorist and Checkpoint Personnel safety Obtain Traffic count Should follow MUTCD Ask DOT to review plan Site Property Owner Permission Interference with business Cleanliness

8 Planning Assisting Agencies and Companies Give them advanced notice !!!! Tow companies Jail Breath Testing operators Fire rescue Citizen groups MADD

9 Planning Media Coordination Press release Increases the deterrent effect Handled by CO or PIO Timely Send them your After Action Report ASAP !!!!

10 Planning Media Coordination Access to the checkpoint Access Set a policy Be as liberal as possible Restrictions CO can limit access as a safety concern

11 Planning Equipment and Facilities Port-a-potties Cone and barricades Advanced signage Breath Testing Equipment Message Boards Light Towers Camera Equipment Prisoner Transport

12 Planning Site Selection Conducive Area Street lights Portable lighting Large area Clear open parking lot Room for various types of equipment Room to pull vehicles off for interviews Room for SFST

13 Planning OFFICER SAFETY !!!!! Agency Approved Uniform Traffic Vest Flashlights with light cones Emergency lights activated at checkpoint entrance Wide enough lanes

14 Planning Site Considerations SFST/video testing area Breath testing area Booking area Detention area Approach lanes Check Point Lanes Ticket Staging Area Vehicle Staging Area

15 Personnel Selection and Positions Command Officer (CO) Responsibility Lead member of supervisory rank Coordinate all checkpoint activities, staffing, operations, briefing, debriefing, and overall supervision


17 Personnel Selection and Positions Qualifications High Caliber, well trained Proven proficiency in detection of impaired drivers Accurately perform SFST’s Willingness to participate fully in checkpoint activities !!!!!!!!!

18 Personnel Selection and Positions Initial Contact Procedures Each agency/Checkpoint sponsor must adopt and document it’s own initial contact statement Based on needs and ops plan for CRSC The Checkpoint line personnel must follow the approved statement, without deviation

19 Personnel Selection and Positions Roving Patrol Officers (RPO) optional Patrol adjacent roadways Make stops as violations occur Transport drivers to be arrested to the CRSC and process as if stopped in the CRSC Public Information Officer (PIO) Should handle all press releases Needs to be on scene if press is on scene

20 Personnel Selection and Positions Traffic Control Person (TCP) Optional Walks CRSC checking traffic control devices Can survey drivers waiting to enter the checkpoint Can see if drivers change position prior to reaching the line K-9 Officer (optional) Follow procedures set forth in the ops plan

21 Personnel Selection and Positions Other Specialized Persons Multi-lingual personnel DRE

22 Checkpoint Operations Pre-Checkpoint Operations Task must be performed prior to the checkpoint and must be documented in the OPS plan Approval of the checkpoint from appropriate authority

23 Checkpoint Operations Site selection Based on appropriate criteria Notification and permission of property owners Approval of traffic flow plan (if required) Site diagram prepared and attached to OPS plan

24 Checkpoint Operations PIO does CRSC press release Interagency Notification Officer Notification

25 Checkpoint Operations Checkpoint Briefing Everyone participating must attend the briefing and sign in Sign in sheet Should be held in a controlled area Review officer safety issues

26 Checkpoint Operations Contact Procedures Use of Standard Greeting

27 Checkpoint Operations Set Up CO will designate set up crew Equipment to set up may include Traffic cones Portable lighting Video equipment Intoxilyzer Generators Sign boards

28 Checkpoint Operations Arrest Procedures Should be outlined in the OPS plan Arrest documentation Each officer should fill out an activity log and turn it in during the debriefing

29 Checkpoint Operations Site Conditions and Maintenance CO should monitor all areas of the CRSC Traffic control personnel should maintain approach area CO should take corrective action

30 Checkpoint Operations Proper coordination No plan is perfect, the CO should make changes as needed (Document !!!!)

31 Checkpoint Operations Items that require monitoring Assignments Officer Safety Safety of civilians Adjust traffic flow and selection sequence (document) Document all changes

32 Checkpoint Operations DOCUMENTATION Extremely Important in maintaining the integrity of the stops and arrest made The Data Collection Scribe should document all changes or activities

33 Checkpoint Operations Information that should be collected Time CRSC opened Number of vehicles that passed through the CRSC Number of vehicles diverted into the CRSC Time CRSC closed Changes in the stop sequence and why Unreasonable delays and why Periodic time checks of flow (15 minutes)

34 Checkpoint Operations Data Collection Sheet What ever means is used to collect the data will be scrutinized by the court Should include Name of scribe Date of CRSC Start time Stop Time

35 Checkpoint Operations Total number of vehicles passed through the CRSC Total number of vehicles diverted and stopped Average delay Change of Sequence Traffic Back ups Resume after traffic back up Number of oversized vehicles stopped and checked

36 Checkpoint Operations Tear Down Officers wear safety vest Use marked vehicles with emergency equipment Insure all equipment is returned Clean up

37 Checkpoint Operations Press Information Dissemination Release ASAP Just send stats, they can get after action report later Send After-action report to: SAO Head of lead agency Head of each agency Drivers license- Administrative hearing office Media Any agency with interest

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