In-service training for law enforcement officers is imperative for a number of reasons. One involves keeping up with changes in local and state laws.
More than two dozen police officers and deputies from the six-county Toombs Judicial Circuit recently attended a four-hour class in the annex building of the Thomson Depot.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Durwood R. Davis was the guest speaker.
The event was put on by the Thomson Police Department, which plans to hold several more such training sessions this year in Thomson.
"These in-service training programs are very beneficial and crucial for those of us in law enforcement because it lets know what we can and cannot do as police officers," Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson said. "We learned a lot of information the other day. And that kind of information is very important to us so that we don't get out there in the streets and do the wrong thing. These training programs are designed to help us -- not hinder us."
Maj. Ronnie Williamson of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office agreed.
"I thought the training was very well received by officers in attendance," he said. "Speaking for the deputies of this agency, they all expressed their sincere appreciation to Chief Assistant District Attorney Woody Davis for his time and effort in putting together the training class. As laws and tactics change, we must stay current with changes in laws and judicial procedures."
Mr. Davis talked about vehicle stops at roadblocks, search and seizure and court testimony.
"The gist of this was practical guides for law enforcement," he said. "We also talked about effective courtroom testimony and how important it is."