2018 Child Endangerment Report

Law Enforcement Recommendations Formal Training Sessions 2004 recommendation: Police academy training sessions often contain a block of instruction on DUI/DWI case enforcement, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) and preparation and prosecution of DUI/DWI cases. These training sessions should include a segment on the problem and consequences of DUI/DWI child endangerment and effective enforcement and prosecution of these cases. In-service law enforcement training takes place every one or two years for all incumbent officers and is generally mandated by state peace officer authority oversight commissions. A component of this training should include updates on DUI/DWI child endangerment issues and any changes in the laws. Bulletins and training materials, which are often distributed to law enforcement officers by federal, state or local agencies that are responsible for or are involved in peace officer training, should include materials related to child endangerment issues. 2017 update: The 2017 panel maintains these recommendations and recommends that MADD work with the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards (IADLEST) and the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) to develop training specific to drunk and drugged driving child endangerment. Roll Call Briefings 2004 recommendation: Roll call briefings provide a periodic method of distributing information among officers within a department or agency. Special emphasis on enforcement of child endangerment laws should be an on-going component in these briefings. 2017 update: The 2017 panel maintains this recommendation. High-Visibility Enforcement 2004 recommendation: The 2004 panel recommended special enforcement periods. Throughout the year, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies conduct joint high-visibility enforcement programs focusing on DUI/DWI, seat belt use and other traffic enforcement issues. These enforcement efforts generally include a public awareness and media campaign. Programs that focus on DUI/DWI and occupant protection should include special emphasis on DUI/DWI child endangerment and enforcement of child restraint laws. 2017 update: The 2017 panel maintains this recommendation. Updates from Family Services 2004 recommendation: Briefings from Family Services or child protective service agencies should be conducted. While infrequent, these briefings may be periodically required as changes in the laws that focus on family law issues come to the attention of the law enforcement community. These briefings should be used to provide cross training

between law enforcement and child protective services agencies. 2017 update: The 2017 panel maintains this recommendation.


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