Rock­mart po­lice get new In­tox­i­lyzer

The Standard Journal - - Police - By AGNES HAGIN

Rock­mart Po­lice Chief Keith Sor­rells smiles when he talks about a new In­tox­i­lyzer or de­vise used for breath al­co­hol mea­sure­ment.

He was busy un­pack­ing it as he dis­cussed the fact that in­stal­la­tion would be com­plete soon. Sor­rells later gave a demon­stra­tion on the equip­ment and re­vealed how it was funded.

He said the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (GBI) man­dated that the depart­ment phase out the 5000 model and re­place it with a newer ver­sion or the 9000 by 2015. The $8,000 cost was pro­vided with a grant from the Gover­nor’s Of­fice of High­way Safety.

“We ap­plied for and was awarded the grant pro­vided we par­tic­i­pate in safety cam­paigns with other agencies such as Zero Tol­er­ance and Click It or Ticket,” Sor­rells said.

To date, four of the Rock­mart po­lice of­fi­cers have been trained to use the new In­tox­i­lyzer. The re­main­der will be trained in the com­ing weeks.

The one-day train­ing ses­sion, held in Forsyth, is de­signed to hone skills of of­fi­cers in the lat­est tech­nol­ogy avail­able when there is prob­a­ble cause to give an al­co­hol breath test.

“It is a pub­lic safety is­sue,” Sor­rells said. “We do not want im­paired driv­ers on our streets or high­ways.”

Al­though there is a new guy (de­vice) in town, the old one will be kept as a back up, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice chief.

Agnes Hagin/ SJ

Chief Keith Sor­rells shows a new In­tox­i­lyzer at the Rock­mart Po­lice Depart­ment, which was pur­chased with grant funds.

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