The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Alcohol Enforcement (AE) Unit was created in 1980 to combat the rise in alcohol related crashes. The AE Unit is a proactive unit that specializes in the detection, apprehension and prosecution of drug and alcohol impaired drivers. Originally, the Unit was funded with a combination of state and federal grants. In 2013, the AE Unit held an impressive conviction rate of ninety-nine percent for impaired driving arrests. Since its creation, the AE Unit has arrested over 14,400 drug and alcohol impaired drivers from the streets of Oakland County. The AE Unit is also utilized on scenes of fatal and serious injury crashes to determine whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.
Deputies from the AE Unit have completed advanced training in drug and alcohol impaired driving enforcement. In addition, the AE Unit has deputies that are certified by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as Drug Recognition Experts.
The AE Unit has also made a commitment to educating the community on the dangers of impaired driving. Deputies from the AE Unit are frequent speakers at schools and community groups.
The AE Unit has shown dedication in promoting traffic safety on the roadways of Oakland County and has proven to be a valuable asset to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.