Police Department's S.T.I. Unit Receives National Recognition
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    Police Department's S.T.I. Unit Receives National Recognition

    The El Paso Police Department's Special Traffic Investigations Unit (STI) has been selected as one of four national model programs in the nation to participate in a DWI Study to be conducted by Dynamic Science, Inc. (DSI), who is contracted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Study participants were selected through the research of data and statistics from law enforcement departments throughout the country who have attained a high level of success in prosecuting intoxicated driving cases involving fatalities/serious crashes.

    Criteria used for selection of the four model departments was:

    • Cooperation with other agencies, such as the District Attorney and Medical Examiner;
    • Crash reconstruction/DWI training and expertise of investigators;
    • Investigation procedures;
    • Technological assets; and
    • Success with prosecution of cases.
    Other departments selected are from Marion County in Indiana, Bergan County in New Jersey, and Sullivan County in Tennessee. As a result of the selections, DSI staff will visit with the four departments to document how the unites operate in order to prepare a "How-To" model guide for other departments to utilize when starting up their own teams. The NHTSA sponsored study is called "Working to Increase DWI Conviction Rates." The date of DSI's visit to the El Paso Police Department's STI unit is undetermined at this time.

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