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Officers level up in DUI Training Course

Todd Hayes explains why it is vital to know about new DUI laws. Todd Hayes explains why it is vital to know about new DUI laws.
Michael Blute talks about how DUI knowledge is a perishable skill. Michael Blute talks about how DUI knowledge is a perishable skill.
CUTHBERT, GA (WALB) -

A room usually reserved for Albany Tech Students is being used for something different. On Friday officers and prosecutors were given the chance to regain their skills in DUI laws, the six hour course is a joint session to help both sides of law enforcement to have a better insight.

"DUI is one of the fastest changing areas of law enforcement. If you're not paying attention to DUI, a case will come out and legislature will tinker with the statutes and in about 15 to 20 minutes you're behind," Prosecutor Todd Hayes said.

The course is taught all over, from North to Southeast Georgia

"If you don't do it enough you can definitely lose the skill. So I think that coming in and refreshing some old skills whether you've been doing it for 20 years or 1 year. Its just not a bad thing to hear someone else's perspective," Corporal Michael Blute said.

The class creates a learning environment--getting everyone on the same page.

"Very often law enforcement does their job on the side of the road and prosecutors do their job in the courtroom and they very rarely interact in the right kind of way. So, the value is we bring in everyone in the same room, get them talking about the same thing," Hayes continued. 

Sharing tips and techniques to have effective presentation at trial.

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