TO: All News Media
FROM: Chief David Ogden
SUBJECT: DUI Education
The Windermere Police Department will be hosting a 3 Day DUI Training course for officers around the Central Florida area FREE and paid for by the Windermere Police Department Foundation, Inc. We will be partnering with several local agencies, MADD of Central Florida, the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison as well as the Trial Lawyer Team right here in Orlando, Florida with one of the top DUI experts in the field. In addition to this unique collaboration we will be leading the way with a new idea that includes our community in a way never done before.
We are opening a portion of the class to help educate the public and build community relationships by allowing you a front row seat at a portion of this training. On Thursday, Oct. 15 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. members of the public and media are invited to stop by Windermere’s Town Hall (520 Main St. – a location for the public will be set aside) to learn about the dangers of DUI and observe training. We believe this transparency will help educate our citizens on the perils of driving under the influence and how working together can make our streets and communities safer.
Due to the limited parking we ask that news media park next to the police department and we will prepare an area for interviews at 4:00 pm located next to Town Hall (basketball courts) and our Robert German Memorial Police Car. Chief Ogden, Mr. Jeffrey Lotter, Esquire, Ms. Yolanda Larson Affiliate Executive Director of Central Florida MADD and Ms. Janice Martinez the South Central Florida’s Law Enforcement Liaison will be on hand for interviews. We will be opening the training with a few words from Mr. Glynn Birch who was the tenth MADD National president of (MADD). He was appointed to the MADD Board of Directors in 2000, after having served as president of the MADD Central Florida chapter. Mr. Birch's 21-month-old son followed his cousins outside after hearing an ice cream truck bell and was killed by a car traveling 70 miles per hour. The driver had a (BAC) over three times the legal limit, had three prior drunk driving convictions, and was driving with a suspended license. Birch was also the first male and the first African-American to head the organization.
Please pass along that any citizens who would like to attend can contact the Windermere Police Department (Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) so we can properly prepare for anyone who wants to attend.
Windermere Police Department