More and more Portland police officers are being pulled over for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). In the past year alone, six officers have been arrested for DUIIs. There have been 16 officer arrests for DUIIs in the past decade. The most recent arrest occured last Friday. Is this a sign that officer alcohol abuse is getting worse, or that law enforcement is no longer turning a blind eye to policing its own officers? A recent Oregonian editorial argued these increased arrests are a good sign that the Portland Police Bureau is finally taking officer DUIIs seriously.
Are you a police officer that has battled with alcohol addiction? What makes officers drink? What can the Portland Police Bureau do to improve its efforts to help officers with drinking problems?
- Pete Sandrock: Assistant Director of Portland’s Independent Police Review Division and past District Attorney in Benton County for 22 years.
- P.J. Steigleder: Lieutenant with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Member of the Police Alcohol Recovery Team.