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Police Reported False DUI Arrests

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Police Reported False DUI Arrests

A former police commander has plead guilty to reporting false DUI arrests to inflate DUI numbers to obtain federal grants.  Many police forces rely on federal and state grants fund the police force.  Police jurisdictions must meet minimum quotas for DUI arrests to obtain the grants.  Although the idea of arresting drivers under the influence and protecting public safety is a noble idea from a federal grant standpoint, it has negative consequences for police departments that are not meeting those quotas and negative consequences for the public, as well.  In this case, a police commander chose to lie and inflate the numbers as to their DUI arrests.  But one has to wonder how many police officers have been encouraged to make DUI arrests that do not rely on probable cause or to embellish information on police reports or even at trial.  It is not true that all police personnel make false charges, but it's important when charged with a DUI to hire an attorney to protect your rights of cross examination at trial.  

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