Experimenting on human subjects requires a fair amount of red tape. Participants have to know what they’re getting into, so many researchers will offer payment to volunteers. Sometimes, though, the tests themselves seem to speak to some humans, and they willingly line up to become the proverbial guinea-pigs. This is one of those times.
The Kutztown Police Department had little difficulty finding volunteers who were willing to get drunk. Free liquor has a guaranteed appeal, even when it is being offered by the police.
The point of the exercise was simple enough. The Kutztown PD was looking for a way to train new officers on field sobriety equipment and methods during traffic stops. Sadly for some of those answering the call, they only wanted three people to get drunk.
“The Kutztown Police Department is looking for three (3) volunteers to assist us in training officers to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests during suspected DUI traffic stops. The volunteers must be available on April 4, 2019 between 2:30PM and 7PM. Alcohol will be provided however you will not receive any compensation for your time. In order to be eligible you must meet the below criteria:
1. Be in good health between the ages of 25 and 40 with no history of drug or alcohol abuse
2. Clean criminal history
3. Be willing to drink hard liquor to the point of inebriation
4. Sign a waiver releasing the Borough of Kutztown of any liability
5. Have a sober/responsible party take care and control after the training.
Interested individuals should contact Chief Craig Summers during normal business hours at 610-683-3545, Ext. 324.”
More than 1000 people answered the call. All of them were willing to get blitzed and then act the part for the police. It is unclear if all of them were qualified. In order to participate, the applicants had to have a clean criminal record. They also had to have a partner, someone who would remain sober who could drive them home after the tests had concluded.
“The post was soon updated with the news that the department had its volunteers for the April 4 training session,” ABC writes.
“**** THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR INTEREST IN HELPING US OUT! WE HAVE HAD AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FOR THIS AND AT THIS POINT WE HAVE ENOUGH VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS TRAINING!” the post reads.
“THOSE WHO ARE SELECTED WILL BE CONTACTED BY CHIEF SUMMERS!”
So who are the lucky three that will get the honor of drinking until they’re nice and toasty? That has yet to be announced. The testing in April, though, should surely generate more viral content for the Kutztown PD.