Members of the Dalton Police Department's Citizens' Police Academy went directly to jail on Tuesday night, but fortunately were able to get right back out again. This week's session focused on what happens to the accused after they're arrested by the DPD, and featured a presentation from District Attorney Kermit McManus, followed by a tour of the Whitfield County Jail.
Mr. McManus explained the various functions of his office, the Conasauga Circuit District Attorney's Office which covers Whitfield and Murray Counties. He also explained the role of prosecutors in general.
The tour of the Whitfield County Jail was led by Lt. Wes Lynch of the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office. Lt. Lynch is one of the supervisors of the jail, and before letting academy members tour the various parts of the jail (including one of the housing pods), he also explained the various other functions of the Sheriff's Office.
Below (from left): District Attorney Kermit McManus discusses prosecution with the members of the Citizens' Police Academy, Whitfield County Sheriff's Office Lt. Wes Lynch leads a tour of the Booking section of the Jail, and members of the academy class tour a housing pod (click images for a larger version)