DUI Arrests Increase 116 Percent in Last Year; Sierra Madre Police Credit Training, High Police Presence

SMPD annual reports show sharp increase in DUI arrests as well as "self-initiated activity."

Arrests of drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol by the have increased more than 116 percent over the past year, according to the department's recently released 2010 annual report. The uptick in DUI arrests was labeled by Capt. Larry Giannone of the SMPD as the result of better training for officers on recognizing potential DUIs.

"We sent several of our people to updated classes, and they're out there in the field more and able to recognize them," Gianonne said. "I truly correlate that to training and the new fresh officers out there doing their job."

The surge in DUI arrests following recognition training for SMPD officers coincides with a 24 percent increase in so-called "Self-Initiated Activity," a number the report graphs alongside "Calls for Service," which have actually seen a slight decline.

In fact, looking backward over the last five annual reports from the SMPD shows a sharp, steady increase in self-initiated activity, with the increase since 2006 coming in at 144 percent. DUIs over that same period have increased 135 percent.

"We have a newer group of people that along with our older group are really working in conjunction together to be more visible and have that high police presence in the community," Giannone said. "When you do that you're going to have that increase in self-initiated activity."

Giannone said that the positive side to such increased vigilance by the department can translate directly into fewer calls for service "because people are not becoming victims of crime or seeing suspicious people."

Over the same five-year period between 2006 and 2010, calls for service decreased by around 3 percent.


2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Percent Increase (5yr)
DUI Arrests 26 49 45 28 61 135% Calls for Service 4,739 5,490 5,295 4,696 4,597 -3% Self-Initiated Activity 4,310 7,386 8,413 8,444 10,526 144%
Claire March 22, 2011 at 02:43 PM
What is the story behind that photo? Black pants, black shirt, towel in back pocket...a waiter perhaps? I even see an apron! How does one get arrested while working? This can't be a DUI!
Brian March 22, 2011 at 05:03 PM
The bad economy and massive unemployment is one reason people drink. We are in a depression and this is what happens folks. Back in the day, local police would give drivers that had too much to drink a ride home.
John Stephens March 22, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Hi Claire. I had photographs from a few DUIs on file and chose this one because it was a particularly memorable one involving a collision. Here's the full story: http://sierramadre.patch.com/articles/man-injured-in-traffic-collission-near-sierra-madre-driver-arrested-on-suspicion-of-dui
Anita March 22, 2011 at 07:03 PM
The only think's going up with this administration is drunk driving, foreclosure's , unemployment and the cost of living. I want the old president back!
Joseph Payne March 24, 2011 at 06:37 PM
I had the pleasure of attending the 2010 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) awards breakfast today on behalf of my police department. On the stage to receive awards for the Sierra Madre Police Department were Chief Marilyn Diaz and five of her officers for their hard work in taking drunk drivers off the streets of Sierra Madre. The Sierra Madre PD is to be commended for their efforts. The people of Sierra Madre have every reason to be very proud of their police department and the fine job they do for their community.


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