Corporal Bryan Peris of the Caroline County Sheriff's Office Patrol Divison recently graduated the Univeristy of Maryland DUI Institute. The DUI Institute features a challenging University curriculum while emphasizing effective measures and techniques to identify and apprehend drivers under the influence. Including members of the University of Maryland faculty, highway safety experts and researchers, treatment and court experts, DUI prosecutors, and drug recognition experts, the DUI Institute touts a very diverse and knowledgeable faculty.
Throughout the week-long Institute, law enforcement offiders examine the sociological aspects of DUI enforcement by attending a variety of both lecture-based and hands-on sessions. Students examine foundational topics such as the history of police management, organizational behavior, alcohol's role in society, and the physiological effects of alcohol on the human body. While such topics provide a strong and important base of knowledge, the DUI Institute strives to relate foundational and theoretical topics to the day-to-day enforcement of the law. In turn, the DUI Institute educates officers on current "Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST)" procedures, the latest strategies for apprehending drunk and or impaired drivers, tips for DUI court cases, effective report writing and overall DUI detection skills. In addition, there is an opportunity for participants to apply the tools they have learned during the week with a mock court session where officers must apply their newly acquired skills to a real world situation.
Participants chosen for the Institute are the premier officers in their field. The DUI Institute is open to law enforcement candidates from the Mid-Atlantic region. It has included officers from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.