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Criminal Justice students learn about DWI and arrest procedures

On Thursday, Dec. 7, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office paid a visit to the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES campus, and gave a presentation to the school’s Criminal Justice students. The discussion focused on the procedures used by law enforcement when they suspect that an individual may be driving while intoxicated (DWI).

The presentation – conducted by Cayuga County Deputies Rob Guarnieri and Rob Brown – reviewed the necessary steps taken by law enforcement officials who are compelled make a DWI stop, from initial observation and street testing, to station breath-testing and arraignment.

Deputies teach students about sobriety testing

To help further illustrate the process, the deputies demonstrated the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, one of three standardized field sobriety tests that can be used during a DWI stop. Students were also able to try on goggles that visually simulated the effects that specific blood alcohol content levels can have on the senses.

This was the inaugural year of the presentation, but Criminal Justice instructor Albert Pola plans on turning it into an annual event going forward. For program seniors who are now learning about specific arrest procedures, demonstrations like this provide a glimpse into the life of a New York State deputy.






Brian K. Hartwell, Ed.D.
District Superintendent of Schools

1879 West Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-0361

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