Tip #1: Offer to participate in roll call briefings and help during enforcement.
Community groups can put a face on the issue and imbue enforcement with a sense of purpose. Several State MADD chapters participated in roll call briefings and found that it helped set the tone for the night and made the officers feel appreciated. However, there is no need to stop there. Roll call briefings at the start of the night may seem empty if they are not followed by participation in the actual enforcement. MADD Massachusetts took this approach. When officers found that the same people had briefed them at the beginning of the evening and continued to support them through the end of the shift, they appreciated MADD’s commitment to enforcement, and many were inspired to redouble their efforts as a result.
Tip #2: Participate in the enforcement in as many ways as possible.
There were numerous ways in which State chapters were involved with enforcement efforts:
Generally, the more involved your organization can be, the better. It helps if there is a concerted effort to identify the appropriate role for volunteers and to coordinate the efforts well. MADD Delaware was able to establish a working relationship with the State DWI Coordinator and Community Information Officer, who helped plan volunteer involvement in law enforcement activities. These integrated efforts seemed to boost officer morale and performance. Officers often commented, “MADD was right alongside me.”