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Police officers get citizens drunk for training purposes

By Mason White 2:07 PM April 26, 2013
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By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) Police officers handed out alcohol to some New York residence in an effort to combat drunk driving.

Officers in Long Island distributed free drinks to four volunteers and urged them to get wasted without legal consequences.

Recently, the Suffolk County Police Department had four volunteers drink alcohol until their alcohol level was over the legal limit. This was done in order to train the officers. The purpose was to show officers, the signs to look for in order to know if the person is drunk, giving them probable cause to arrest drunk drivers before they hurt innocent people.

“We really need the intoxicated people so we can do the field sobriety tests in a real life atmosphere,” Officer Charles Boyle said. Now, with boating season approaching, officers are training to keep the waters safe from drunk boat drivers.

“This is very interesting indeed, because under normal circumstances, officers keep people as far away from booze as possible. Now, they gave people booze so they can get intoxicated for the greater good, very weird,” James Davis, 19, of Nassau County, Long Island told when asked what he thought about police officers giving booze to citizens for training purposes.

The police in Long Island will be more vigilant this upcoming boating season as a result of several boat accidents, last year.

Last summer, Christopher Mannino, 39, of Dix Hills, New York died on his way to the Mako Shark fishing tournament after a drunken boat operator, Brian Andreski, 27, struck the fishing boat. Mannino’s body was found nine hours later by the Suffolk County police divers.

In another incident in Long Island, three young children drowned when a power boat capsized near Oyster Bay, which led to the Suffolk County legislators to pass a law mandating boat operators to complete a safety course starting in 2014.

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