A $25,000 state grant will provide Cumberland Township Police Department with training and equipment related to law enforcement challenges arising from medical marijuana, according to a police department release.
The funds are to allow each officer to attend a workshop to learn about Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, provide training for one officer in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), send one officer to attend the Pennsylvania DUI Association conference in 2023 and 2024, and purchase portable breath test (PBT) devices to rule out alcohol impairment.
The workshop will address issues law enforcement faces daily and the grant will also pay for the overtime to back-fill shifts, to maintain sufficient manpower to cover the schedule.
The ARIDE training “was designed to give a better understanding of different types of impairment including marijuana impairment. The training allows for the officers attending to receive a review of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, which is the cornerstone of all impaired driving enforcement. The officer will then receive instruction on the different drug categories, signs and symptoms that could be seen from the drug categories ingested and additional roadside tests,” according to the release.
The DUI Association conference occurs each fall at varying locations and provides continuing…