Law officers trained here

Friday, April 13, 2012

From staff reports

Law officers from nine agencies received advanced training in Lewisburg this week on how to test drunken driving suspects for elevated levels of blood alcohol.

It was a cooperative effort on Monday and Tuesday between the Lewisburg Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff's Office and the Governor's Highway Safety Office.

The 16-hour A.R.I.D.E. Training session was conducted in the sheriff's training room. A.R.I.D.E. stands for Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.

The course is designed primarily for law enforcement officers who meet National Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Standards as set by the International Association for Chiefs of Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Such officers must be able to administer and interpret the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test for alcohol-impaired subjects. The officer's level of skill in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) should exceed a good grasp of the contents and they must be proficient in the administration and evaluation of the battery of tests involved with the SFST.

"We had several agencies participate in this course," LPD Capt. Rebekah Mitchell said.

That includes LPD officers and those from LaVergne, Savannah and Cornersville Police departments, the Giles County Sheriff's Office, Williamson County Sheriff's Department, the Middle Tennessee State University campus police in Murfreesboro, and Hartsville and Trousdale County law enforcement officers.

The instructors for the course included Law Enforcement Liaison Clint Shrum of the Governor's Highway Safety Office, and LEL Coordinator Richard Holt, also of the GHSO, and Michael Marvin of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.