AZ DWI Policy - Will it Save Money or Risk Public Safety?
Posted on Mar 27, 2010
Albuquerque is enforcing a policy requiring the arresting officer in a DWI case to personally complete the suspect's booking process. The officers usually would pass the suspect over to the DWI unit, but, in an effort to save money, are no longer allowed to do this.
This is supposed to save money by having only one police officer involved with the arrest, and, therefore, requiring only one officer to be in court for that case, instead of at least two.
Critics argue that public safety is at risk, since arresting officers will be spending more time booking suspects and less time on the streets.
Please read more about Albuquerque DWI officers' overtime pay.