Archive for Friday, July 20, 2007

Saturation patrol slated for tonight

July 20, 2007

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From 5 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Saturday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Lawrence Police Department will conduct a joint saturation patrol and sobriety checkpoint.

The saturation patrol will be from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and a check lane from 11 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Comments

Mandie Eutsler 7 years, 11 months ago

there are other nights that the bars and such are just as busy.

legendaryhog 7 years, 11 months ago

I really disagree with check points. It throws reasonable suspicion right out the door, places every driver that goes past the point in a custodial interview which they are not free to leave at their own choosing, and is an affront to our Constitutional rights. Saturation patrols in the past have been a way to curb crime (traditionally gang violence) and basically involve an overload of officers in one area so they can make a lot of Terry stops in one specific area. In Kansas they are paid for by a grant from the Dept. of Transportation. I'm not sure about Kansas, but in other states, police agencies receive points for every saturation patrol based on how many officers are committed to the patrol. They then use these points to obtain new equipment from the State.

For example, here's Florida's incentive program:

Incentives Each law enforcement agency participating in the program will earn points based on its level of participation at the end of the year. The agency will be able to select enforcement equipment from a list published by the Florida You Drink & Drive. You Lose. program as compensation for its participation. A point value will be assigned to each piece of equipment, and the agency can select one or more items totaling no more than the number of points that the agency earned. Level 1.1,500 points Level 2. 2,100 points Level 3. 2,800 points Level 4. 3,800 points Level 5a. 4,600 points Level 5b. 5,200 points Level 6a. 5,600 points Level 6b. 6,500 points Level 7. 9,000 points Level 8. 18,400 points Additional Incentives In addition to the regular incentives, all agencies that qualify under Levels 1-3 will be eligible for a random drawing for an evidential breath test instrument. All agencies that qualify under Levels 4-8 will be eligible for a second drawing for a fully equipped DUI enforcement vehicle. There will also be a special drawing for multi-agency DUI task forces that sign up to participate in the Sustained Enforcement Program. Each task force will have to designate a member agency to receive the incentive on behalf of the task force.

If you want that shiny new gun, better get some collars...I have to go throw up now...on the Bill of Rights.

GardenMomma 7 years, 11 months ago

Those Harry Potter fans will be stirring up some trouble at Border's tonight???

legendaryhog 7 years, 11 months ago

cynical, I agree, people shouldn't be drinking and driving, well said. Also the check points may not be a major inconvenience to most. My point is that in this country our Constitution grants us rights that we shouldn't take lightly, and one of those is the right of the people to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches. You give an inch they take a mile.

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 11 months ago

hey where are the bar hoppers going to park tonight? Borders is gonna be busy with all those muggles tonight.

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