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Law enforcement officers receive advanced training

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jerry Carter recently attended the 2013 Annual Winter Training Conference sponsored by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

The three-day conference covered a variety of topics including, "News Media: Friend, Foe and Why Both are Important;" "Security in our Schools;" "Update on the Georgia Open Records Act;" "Executive Decisions in Asset Forfeiture;" and "Leading with Honor in Tough Times: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton."

Carter was among more than 326 heads of law enforcement agencies attending the conference.

Also, Conyers Police Department Officer Starr Gibbs recently completed a DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course taught by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

The training program includes the observation techniques involved in recognizing when a driver may be operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxication. Patterns of driver behavior and the more common driving errors committed by drivers under the influence of intoxication are identified, as well as safe methods of stopping and approaching a suspect driver.

The field sobriety tests taught meet the standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Funding for this program has been provided by the State of Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety.