Herald Research Editor Dan Keating contributed to this report.
EXTRA OFFICERS POLICE EXPERTS SAY IT TAKES TWO OR THREE OFFICERS TO HANDLE A ROUTINE DRUNK-DRIVING ARREST. CASES INVOLVING AN ACCIDENT, DRUGS OR VIOLENCE COULD REQUIRE A FOURTH OFFICER. RARELY SHOULD IT TAKE MORE THAN FOUR OFFICERS. THE HERALD FOUND 6,445 DUI CASES WITH MORE THAN FOUR OFFICERS IN THE METRO-DADE. MIAMI AND MIAMI BEACH DEPARTMENT FROM 1994 TO 1996. THIS GRAPHIC WAS PRODUCED ON THE MACINTOSH GRAPHICS SYSTEM AND COULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THIS TEXT LIBRARY DATABASE. PLEASE REFER TO MICROFILM FOR THIS DATE. WHAT WE FOUND THE MIAMI HERALD FOUND THAT COLLARS FOR DOLLARS ABUSE: * Involved hundreds of officers in thousands of cases. * Cost Dade taxpayers millions of dollars. * Has been tolerated by police brass and prosecutors for years. * Sometimes led to innocent people getting arrested and guilty people going free.