In my opinion, police officers are supposed to be the ones enforcing the laws and protecting the public, not doing exactly the opposite. In recent years, I’ve heard of multiple cases where chiefs of police or other high-ranking law enforcement officials have been found driving under the influence or other related crimes that actually endanger the public more than protecting them.
Last week, a the police chief in a town close to my house was found driving while intoxicated and carrying a firearm while intoxicated. He was placed on paid leave while the case is being investigated.
Here is the article.
Police chiefs aren’t the only ones getting DUIs, though. According to DUI Law Blog, defense lawyers, prosecutors, and judges also get DUIs. These are supposed to be the people who enforce laws and help bring the “bad guys” to justice – but they are turning into the bad guys when they drink and drive.
In another incident found here, Corporal John Quigg of the Pennsylvania State Police was involved in an accident where his personal car hit a guardrail. The officer who responded found him passed out in his car. Quigg was sent to the hospital and charged with DUI.
According to Officer Gene Callaway, a Doraville police spokesman, commenting on the termination of an officer from his city, “Our chief holds us to a very high standard.” Callaway goes on to say that “We're here to enforce the law. We're not above it” which shows that officers understand the seriousness of getting a DUI and the consequences that come with it. The report from Doraville, in which Officer Kasey Lindsey was terminated, also states that “Lindsey repeatedly tried to show investigating officers his badge. Then, they smelled alcohol on him and Lindsey admitted he'd been drinking at a Doraville strip club, records said… DeKalb (where he was arrested) police said Lindsey failed a field sobriety test, putting his foot down four times when he was supposed to stand on one leg. The test only lasted seven seconds because Lindsey stopped counting, and placed his hands behind his back.” Another thing that bothers me here is that Lindsey tried to use his badge at the beginning to get out of the arrest. Doing this for a minor traffic offense or speeding is one thing, but for a DUI is completely another.
This is a video to make the public aware of drinking
and driving, but the main focus of it is actually a
former chief of police who got a DUI.
Based on my opinion, any police officer, no matter what their rank is, should lose their job if they are found while driving drunk. Whether or not they are convicted, if the officer has a blood alcohol content above 0.08, then they should not have the responsibility of enforcing the law. Driving while intoxicated is no way to display the best qualities that a police officer should have. I actually think that any police officer whose blood alcohol content is above 0.00 should lose their job, but the law says 0.08. Officers should have a better understanding than anyone of the dangers of drinking and driving because it is something that they every single day at work. While police officers are people, too, and everybody makes mistakes, I think that they should be held to a higher standard due to their position in society.