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DA frustrated training offers ignored by APD

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

August 19, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Outgoing Dougherty D-A Ken Hodges criticizes police officers' training, or lack of it. Ken Hodges says the police chief won't take him up on offers of free training.

The Chief says his officers are training first for more immediate public safety issues.

 Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges said he doesn't understand why Albany's Police Chief James Younger hasn't accepted his offers of free training for officers.  

Hodges said "He has gone on record at least with several high profile cases recently saying that his officers weren't trained appropriately. We have made training available to the Albany Police Department on numerous occasions."

 Hodges says Albany Police Officers need training on Georgia's evolving laws, because they make a number of charging decision mistakes.  Hodges said "Because in the last year we have had approximately 140 cases that were brought to my office as misdemeanors by the Albany Police Department, that were in fact felonies."

Chief Younger says his officers do train and in fact, are undergoing active shooter training exercises now. He says he appreciates the DA's offer, and will continue to train his officers, but his top priority is public safety. Chief Younger said in an e-mail responses to our questions "Our officers must know how to respond and immediately address these types of threats."

 Younger said the Rapid Response Training will be completed within a few weeks, and then "the Department will move forward to train on legal updates and elder abuse, and certainly intend to take advantage of the DA's assistance with that training."

Chief Younger said officers are scheduled to receive training from D. A.'s office this Friday on sexual assault legislation.

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