When it comes to crime, prosecutors and law agencies are the two arms of justice. And like any efficient body — one hand needs to know what the other is doing.
So, Northern Judicial District Attorney Parks White said it’s important for his office to meet with law agencies in all five counties to review the law and how it can be most effectively enforced in the area.
White and victims’ assistant director Kristie Cross recently hosted 57 representatives from law agencies in the five-county Northern Circuit at the Comer Travel Musuem. Those on hand had barbecue and stew and reviewed the best ways to work together to keep citizens safe from criminals. Representatives from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Natural Resources and numerous county municipal agencies attended.
“We hope to have this training and lunch annually,” said Cross. “I am thankful to the Comer Police Department and the Comer City Hall for all their help.”
White said the meeting was “designed to foster relationships between investigative agencies and our office and to update officers on Georgia law. The DA said the law is always evolving and that it’s important for prosecutors to keep law enforcement agencies updated on what changes could impact them.
“Law enforcement officials have to practically apply constitutional and statutory restrictions on their ability to investigate cases everyday in the field,” said White. “It is the responsibility of the District Attorney to advise law enforcement officers concerning the sufficiency of evidence, warrants, and similar matters relating to the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses. The law is constantly evolving, and in order to ensure that the evidence officers collect is ultimately admissible at trial, we must advise them of ‘the line,’ so that they don’t cross over it and end up tying the State’s hands in a prosecution.”
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