DUI training request draws laughs from Granby board
July 30, 2015
GRANBY — Police Chief Bill Housley drew chuckles from the Granby Board of Trustees on Tuesday night, July 28, when he requested permission from the Board to conduct DUI testing with the Granby Police officers.
The reason Chief Housley requested permission to conduct the training, and the reason the Board found the request somewhat comical, is because DUI training for the officers requires the use of non-police volunteers who will drink alcohol before the officers practice administering roadside sobriety tests and other aspects of DUI enforcement. No date has been set yet for the training.
"We have volunteers who are willing to consume a pre-determined amount of alcohol," Chief Housley said. "Then officers test them and determine who is intoxicated or not. It would be very well controlled."
Chief Housley explained the training will be conducted inside the Granby Community Center. He also explained the testing would occur entirely within the building and the training itself would not be visible to any passersby.
"Before we do something like this in a Town facility we want to make sure it is OK with the Board," said Housley.
The request from Housley sparked chuckles from the Board and more than a few jokes were made.
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"It is easy to make light of this," Chief Housley said. "But it is serious training. It allows our officers to learn."
The chief assured the Board that no one volunteering for the training would drive home with any alcohol in their systems, and would either be provided with rides by local law enforcement or would wait for all alcohol to be out of their systems before driving.
Chief Housley also asked the Board if he needed to request permission at a later date to purchase alcohol for the training. Granby Town Manager Wally Baird informed Housley there is no pre-existing prohibition on the use of Town funds to purchase alcohol for such training purposes.