Alcohol abuse and misuse can have deadly consequences. Not just for the drinker, but for those in their proximity – especially when a person decides to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

On the front line of managing drunk driving and public intoxication are law enforcement officers who confront the issue daily.

Supporting them in their efforts is the ROCMND Regional Prevention Coordinator, which among its missions facilitates training and other needed provisions in combating alcohol misuse.

Established in 2007, ROCMND RPC works with communities on stopping underage drinking, drug use, and tobacco use as well as misuse across the life span.

The agency is currently working through Block Grants in Ottawa and Delaware Counties on adult binge drinking. In Delaware County, ROCMND RPC is also engaged in an AEP (Alcohol Enforcement Plan) focused on adult binge drinking.

Funding through those grants provided training for regional law enforcement departments on the proper use of the Intoxilyzer 500 Preliminary Breath Test at the Northeast Technology Center campus in Afton Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Participating were 13 regional law enforcement offices – the Ottawa County Sheriff's Dept.; Miami Nation PD; Commerce PD; Quapaw PD; Quapaw Tribal Marshals; Fairland PD; Jay PD; Delaware County Sheriff's Dept.; Grove PD; West Siloam PD; Kansas PD; Colcord PD and Bernice PD.

Each department that attended the training was also given an Intoxilyzer 500 PBT purchased with monies from ROCMND RPC funders.

Twenty-one officers from Delaware and Ottawa County participated.

The training was led by LT. Erik Smoot with the ABLE Commission and Zach Woods, OHP-Impaired Driving Liaison and provided officers with an overview of field sobriety testing best practices and the proper use of the Intoxilyzer 500 PBT breathalyzer unit.

The session was also qualified for accredited CLEET (Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training) continuing education hours.

ROCMND RPC is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS).