Volunteers say 'Cheers' to sobriety training

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    CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Conway police got a little more of the hands on approach to sobriety training Wednesday night by serving alcohol.

    You heard right! Volunteers showed up at the police department Wednesday evening to drink. This approach allows officers to get some real training on administering a field sobriety test.

    Pam Mays with the Criminal Justice Institute-part of the University of Arkansas system-said they're training officers on what to look out for with those under the influence.

    "We dose them, and it's a regulated structured exercise. It's not something where they come in and just drink up. You actually have to measure their drinks out," said Mays.

    Mays said having this controlled environment allows officers to see the clues and indicators for intoxication.

    Volunteers did have to sign waiver forms and officers provided them with transportation to and from training.

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