The Atlanta Police Department’s policy makes it optional for officers to seek search warrants to get blood samples from DUI suspects who refuse to submit to blood tests for sobriety. In contrast, Gwinnett County’s policy appears to say that practice is mandatory for certain officers under similar circumstances. It’s optional in Cobb County — with approval from a supervisor.
In Dunwoody, where Police Chief Billy Grogan disagrees with forcibly taking blood from DUI suspects, the Police Department’s policy prohibits officers from seeking the warrants. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the DeKalb County Police Department have no written policies specifically addressing the matter, though their officers do use the warrants.