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Tri-State Officer Training

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

You've experienced it before. That sinking feeling you get when a police car comes out of nowhere.

Hopefully, they won't pull you over because you're not going, that fast.

But as Ashford’s assistant police chief Eddie Ingram tells officers, they should be able to tell the difference between a driver that’s just nervous, or a driver that's nervous and hiding something.

"What's the chance of them having to cough, or look the other way? What most folks do, they either don't pay you attention or they look at you like, 'Those darn cops don't have nothing to do but sit out there and harass us.' But this person is trying to release that stress and look normal" Ingram tells a classroom full of tri-state officers.

Just a month ago, Webb Police Chief Judson McClantock pulled a car over with loaded handguns, semi-automatics, and illegal drugs.

Cook County Georgia cops say with the various pipelines running through the state they've had dummy drug cars try and distract them from chasing the actual car full of drugs.

"There's no way to actually tell that, it’s just a hunch something you go off, you then get your probably cause to stop and go from there," says Chief McClantock.

"Indicators are different state to state, because every officer has different situation," says Sparks Georgia Police Officer, Captain Marty Stafford.

Madison County Sergeant Chris Andrews Agrees but adds, states may change, but criminal behavior stays the same, "A lot of times they'll go carry drugs and narcotics and drugs in duffle bags, to compartments this helps with vehicle types cause they seem to go in patterns."

But it’s usually what’s found inside the vehicle that gives a criminal away

Car parts were used to store drugs paraphernalia in Ashford. Cops want parents to beware, because a weekend to the beach with friends and a cooler full of sodas, could easily be a cooler full of soda cans with drugs stuffed inside.


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