The Rolla Police Department conducted Alcohol and Breath Instrument training last week here at the Rolla Police Department. Eight (8) Rolla Officers and one (1) Doolittle Officer attended this 24 hour training. This training enables Police Officers to receive a Type III permit (Operator) from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to operate a Breath Testing Instrument. The training covers DWI Detection and Processing, Type III Responsibilities, The Chemistry of Alcohol, DWI Statutes and Case Law, and The Principles of Operating the BAC Datamaster. This course is one of the more difficult law enforcement courses and requires the officer to pass a 150 question final exam with a score of 80% or higher. Thanks Ken!
I will add that Sgt. Ken Moberly has attended the instructor course for this training and received a Type II permit, which allows him to train officers for the Type III permit. The Type II operators also complete monthly tests to ensure the calibration of the Rolla Police Department’s BAC Datamaster.
In national news: A Round Rock, TN., man who police say had hundreds of photos of child pornography and stole the identities of more than 50 people in Amarillo and Missouri has been charged with multiple felonies, according to several warrants. John Hugh Wiggins, 49, was charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography with intent to promote and three counts of fraudulent use and possession of identifying information. Separately, police also received information from the Amarillo Police Department, the Mississippi attorney general's office, the Charlevoix County sheriff's office in Michigan and the Rolla Police Department in Missouri that Wiggins was stealing people's identities and selling vehicles that did not belong to him through Craigslist, the warrant said. This case was investigated by our own Reserve Detective Paul Rueff. Paul came to us initially as a VIPS volunteer and was then appointed to our Reserve Division to assist the Criminal Investigations Unit. Good work Paul!
In closing I would like to congratulate Senior Patrol Officer. Luke Kearse of the Street Crimes Unit, who also happens to be my son, on his 9 year anniversary of becoming a member of the Rolla Police Department. Luke came to us after serving several missions in Iraq while with the US Marine Corps. Congrat’s Luke!
Have a great week!
Chief Mark Kearse