Law enforcement is the first responder to community crime and serves as the “on the street” eyes and ears of the justice system. They are the professionals that probation, parole, judges, and other justice professionals often rely on for updates regarding individuals who are under probation supervision.
The inclusion of law enforcement in a multi-disciplinary stakeholder approach is important to promote understanding of the enforcement process for hardcore drunk drivers. Law enforcement stakeholders appreciate the opportunity to understand the process by which courts, prosecutors, and the defense bar arrive at the disposition of these cases. They will highlight issues such as the high rate of hardcore drunk driver breath and field sobriety test refusals, more effective and efficient high visibility enforcement programs, how to speed up the discovery process and how to minimize law enforcement wait time in court.
These subjects can ethically be discussed when judges meet with law enforcement in the company of multi-disciplinary stakeholders.4