State Highway Safety Showcase
DUI Institute: University of Maryland’s Institute of Advanced LE Studies
The DUI Institute features a challenging University curriculum while emphasizing effective measures and techniques to identify and punish 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 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. Successful candidates must possess comprehension skills suitable for college level study and a strong work ethic, aspire to be a leader in DUI enforcement, have involvement and training in DUI enforcement, possess SFST training and submit a letter of recommendation from their agency’s Chief Executive Officer. Candidates must be prepared for a very demanding course that is much more challenging than traditional law enforcement training. Student officers are required to attend 100 percent of all programs and successfully complete a final comprehensive examination in order to graduate from the institute. 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. Upon graduation from the Institute, law enforcement officers are able to utilize the newly acquired training and knowledge to set the proper course in traffic management policy. Graduates become leaders in the field as enforcement challenges become more daunting and complex.
- Mr. Thomas J. Gianni
Law Enforcement Program Coordinator
Maryland Highway Safety Office
7491 Connelley Drive
Hanover, MD 21076
- Kenneth H. Beck, PhD, FAAHB
Professor, Department of Public & Community Health
University of Maryland
2366 HHP Building
College Park, MD 20742