Bud Kennedy's latest column in the Star-Telegram describes how off-duty Fort Worth police officers set up checkpoints on busy streets Friday to collect saliva and blood samples for a nationwide federal survey of alcohol- and drug-impaired driving.
But even before the column appeared last night, citizens were voicing concerns about the survey.
Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead a short time ago issued the following statement on the department's Facebook page.
TO OUR CITIZENS:
"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hired off-duty Fort Worth Police officers to assist with the Roadside Survey by providing traffic safety and security of cash used to pay survey participants. This survey was intended to be voluntary and was conducted by NHTSA personnel.
"We are reviewing the approval process for this survey’s utilization of FWPD off-duty officers not only to ensure that our policies and procedures were followed, but also to ensure that any off-duty job is in the absolute best interest of our citizens.
"We realize this survey caused many of our citizens frustration and we apologize for our participation.
“I agree with our citizens concerns and I apologize for our participation. Any future Federal survey of this nature, which jeopardizes the public’s trust, will not be approved for the use of Fort Worth police.”
Chief Jeffrey Halstead
-- Bill Miller