Missouri sheriff’s office offers free drinks for participants helping in officer DUI training 

Missouri sheriff’s office offers free drinks for up to two hours for participants willing to help officers train for field sobriety tests

  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office offered 12 volunteers free booze for up to two hours and a ride in exchange for them participating in officer training 
  • An overwhelming amount of volunteers signed up within a day for a chance to drink wine, beer, or liquor provided by the sheriff’s office free of cost
  • The Field Sobriety Testing Certification is required for officer certification
  • Officers at the sheriff’s office were responsible for 446 DUI arrests in 2022

While most people avoid police while under the influence of alcohol, a Missouri sheriff’s department offered residents free booze to get drunk in front of them.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office – about 40 miles southwest of St. Louis – received an overwhelming response to a post seeking day drinkers to join them in officer training as they practice identifying drunk drivers. 

About four different volunteers were picked to join in the ‘wet lab’ from Tuesday to Thursday and were offered free drinks for up to two hours and a ride home in exchange for participants testing their sobriety.

The department’s social media post requesting volunteers quickly gained traction on Sunday with nearly 850 shares as several people itched to sign up. The 12 open slots were filled within a day.

‘Is there a waitlist?’ one person wrote.

To which another responded: ‘It’s like tickets to a packers game, sold out 20 years from now.’

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office offered 12 volunteers free booze for up to two hours and a ride in exchange for them participating in officer training. Pictured: an officer with the police department

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office offered 12 volunteers free booze for up to two hours and a ride in exchange for them participating in officer training. Pictured: an officer with the police department 

An overwhelming amount of volunteers signed up within a day for a chance to drink wine, beer, or liquor provided by the sheriff's office free of cost

An overwhelming amount of volunteers signed up within a day for a chance to drink wine, beer, or liquor provided by the sheriff’s office free of cost

Officers finished their training on Friday, including their Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Certification. 

Upon observing the ‘drunk’ participants, officers were instructed to take note of behaviors and determine whether they believed the participant was over the alcohol limit based on their tests. 

 The sheriff’s officers were looking specifically for ‘causal drinkers’ with limited mobility issues and no prior alcohol-related convictions.

Volunteers picked from either wine, beer, or hard alcohol.

‘While we will not be providing Pappy Van Winkle, we promise not to serve you cheap wine or rail liquor,’ the department wrote in a post earlier this week.

‘Are the participates paid?’ one person wrote.

‘In alcohol,’ another responded.

Meanwhile, some jokesters tagged their significant others and proposed a night out.

‘Date night,’ one woman wrote.

‘Yes!’ her spouse added.

Authorities reassured the practice has been around for decades but is usually conducted in the evening when the department’s own members can participate. 

The Field Sobriety Testing Certification is required for officer certification. An officer can be seen above participating in the week-long training

The Field Sobriety Testing Certification is required for officer certification. An officer can be seen above participating in the week-long training 

The course is required standard for law enforcement certification and has been a crucial part of training for decades.

Officers at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were responsible for 446 of the 555 total driving while impaired arrests.   

In Missouri, a first-time DUI/DWI is a misdemeanor. Violators are subjected to pay up to $500, 6 months in jail, and have their license suspended for 90 days.

The sheriff’s department reassured that taxpayer funds were used to purchase the alcohol.  

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