Kutztown police seek volunteers to get drunk

Justin Udo
January 17, 2019 - 2:40 pm


KUTZTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — If you're available to get drunk on a Thursday afternoon in April, the police need your help.

The Kutztown Borough Police Department is looking for three volunteers to participate in a training course for officers to learn how to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.

"What we want are some volunteers who are going to do some drinking for us, so the officers can go through those tests in a more realistic fashion," said Police Chief Craig Summers.

When they initially put out a call for day drinkers to help them out, Summers said they were immediately bombarded by potential volunteers.

"The phone has been ringing pretty much all day," he added.

Summers said they'll whittle the list down to three people — and the department will supply the alcohol.

"We want to try and get the participants at different levels of intoxication, so the officer can see its effects," he said.

The volunteers must be available on April 4 between 2:30 and 7 p.m. Volunteers must be in good health between the ages of 25 and 40 with no history of drug or alcohol abuse. They must also have a clean criminal history, sign a liability waiver, be willing to drink to the point of inebriation, and have a sober person that them home.

Although the alcohol is free, there will not be any other form of compensation.

Summers said having regular folks come in to drink for this certification test is pretty common, but advertising it like they did — and the heavy outpouring of responses —  is not.