Georgia Senators propose traveling law enforcement training
September 13, 2006
Dougherty County -- South Georgia law enforcement leaders say federal training programs that come to smaller agencies would keep communities safer.
Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson are co-sponsoring a bill that would spend ten million dollars to put federal law enforcement training center instructors on the road.
Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek says that would keep officers on the job, and save travel expenses it would cost to send them to training centers. Cheek said "Sending somebody to the training can be A time consuming and B can be quite expensive, and with budgets as tight as they are everywhere, we try to get as much bang for the buck as we can. "
Cheek says all law enforcement officers are required by law to receive 20 hours of training a year, and this could save taxpayers money in the long run.