GPA Assists Gilmer Middle School STEAM Class

The Traffic Section of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center/Georgia Police Academy proudly assisted Robert McCart’s Gilmer Middle School STEAM class with learning more about child seatbelt safety with a live test crash. During the experiment, two cars were retrofitted with the three seatbelt prototypes and were transported to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center […]

Police Training Reform

POST Rule Revision: Rule 464-5 (Annual Training Requirement) Effective January 1, 2017, the 20-hr. annual continuing education requirement for Peace Officers now includes a minimum of four (4) hours from designated topic areas, in addition to the existing firearms requalification requirements. Officers are now required to annually complete the Use of Force and De-escalation Options […]

Scheduled Network Upgrade February 3, 2017

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center has scheduled a network upgrade for this Friday (2/3/2017) from 3pm – 6pm. During this upgrade, our online services may experience brief outages. This will include our online courses and GPSTC Access accounts. Please do not attempt to take any tests through our online system during that time. We appreciate […]

GPSTC Announces CPE Graduate

GPSTC is proud to announce Angela Bowen, Instructional Services Division Manager, graduated from APCO International’s Certified Public-Safety Executive Program. Bowen accomplished the prestigious CPE professional designation, and is one of 22 people who have earned it. Cheryl Greathouse, GPSTC Instructional Services Division Director and member of the APCO International Executive Committee of the Board of […]

S.P.D. Presents Inaugural Law Enforcement Shoot

Smyrna Police Distributor Inc. proudly presents the Inaugural Law Enforcement Shoot. Shoot, touch, and feel products from other vendors! During the event, over $5000 in prizes will be given away from Lock Perfection, Hornady, Head Down Products, Valhalla Rifleworks Co., Streamlight, Remington, Telor Tactical, Trijicon, Surefire, Mosseberg, Safariland, Blauer, Beretta, and S.P.D. Some give-aways will […]

GPSTC Announces GTA Honors

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center proudly announces the “Student Registration Online Learning Management System” project received top honors in Georgia’s 2016 Technology Innovation Showcase.   On September 29, 2016, a special event was hosted in Atlanta, GA, as part of the Georgia Digital Government Summit. Eighteen projects from 12 state and local agencies were […]

GPSTC Announces GOHS Grants

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia is pleased to announce that the Georgia Police Academy has received two training grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The first grant is a $527,201.13 training grant. The grant will begin October 1, 2016 and run through September 30, 2017. The program will […]

13 WMAZ Features Basic Mandate Graduation

After eleven weeks of basic mandate training, the GPSTC-Forsyth Academy held a graduation on Friday, September 23, 2016 for the qualified cadets. 13WMAZ featured the basic mandate graduation.   Click the link below to read more about 13WMAZ’s feature:

GPA Conducts Public Safety Diver Course

  The Georgia Police Academy recently conducted the Public Safety Diver Course, August 29 through September 2. The Public Safety Diver course, PSD, is offered as a second week of further learning for divers after taking Diving Accident Response Techniques, DART. Week one, DART, starts in the pool at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s […]

Firefighter Weekend and Memorial Ceremony held at GPSTC, Sept 9-11

The 14th Annual Firefighter Weekend and Memorial Ceremony were held at the GPSTC September 9-11. Local media was on site to cover the events.

Governor Deal Makes Announcement

Governor Deal announces major law enforcement reform package on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

GPA Conducts Pedestrian Crash Investigation

This week the Georgia Police Academy conducted the Pedestrian Crash Investigation course. During training for Pedestrian Crash Investigation, actual test crashes are performed in order to best demonstrate evidence recognition and collection.  These test crashes were done at speeds between 45 and 60 mile per hour. The data gained through the test crashes is used […]

Georgia Police Academy Incorporates the Use of Advanced Technological Methods in its Curriculum

Law enforcement agencies across the State may submit their Accident Reports to the State electronically through the Georgia Electronic Accident Reporting System- GEARS (  As a benefit to contributing agencies, software is available which includes diagramming software- Easy Street Draw (  There are other financial incentives for electronic submission. And, it assists the public as […]

Georgia Fire Academy Designs New 75-Foot Ladder Truck

The Georgia Fire Academy is working with FireLine, Inc. and E-One in Ocala, FL to design a new 75-foot ladder truck. This new truck is replacing a 1987 E-One ladder truck that was purchased when the GPSTC first opened. This unit truck will be utilized in several current courses, including Basic Firefighter, Rescue Systems, and […]


FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) visited GPSTC today.  We enjoyed hosting our friends from FLETC and look forward to continuing our partnership.

GPSTC Director Travels to Israel for GILEE Program

GPSTC Director Chris Wigginton traveled to Israel to take part in the GILEE program. Through this international exchange program, he trained in the latest counterterrorism techniques and technologies with that nation’s top police professionals. You can learn more about this program at Atlanta Jewish

GPSTC-Bibb Academy Returning To Forsyth

On July 1, 2016, the GPSTC-Bibb Academy will be moving back to the Forsyth campus. The name of the academy will change to GPSTC-Forsyth and all classes and meetings will be located at the main GPSTC campus. Tim Melton, Senior Manager of the Basic Training Division, would like to thank Middle Georgia State University and all agencies […]

Melton Provides Insight on Gangs, Gang Activity

Tim Melton, Senior Manager of the GPSTC Basic Training Division, spoke with the Lamar County Concerned Citizens group on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Melton provided insight on gangs, gang activity, and the effect both have on the community. Read more about Melton’s presentation on Lamar County Concerned Citizens Facebook page.

June 10-11 Crash Testing Validates Formulas

On June 10 and 11, Bruce Stanford and Chuck Odom of the Georgia Police Academy and Truman Boyle, one of our adjunct instructors, performed crash testing as a part of their annual Crash Formula Validation and Testing course. These crashes validate formulas taught in the course and facilitate a better understanding for those officers studying […]

GPSTC – Savannah Class 292 Cadets Participated in 11th Annual Savannah Mile Run

On May 28th, the Cadets from Class 292 participated in the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire’s 11th Annual Savannah Mile. The race is a one-mile run through downtown Savannah. The event also includes a memory walk dedicated to those that have died in the line of duty and their families. The final event of the day is […]

GPSTC – Bibb Cadet Session 51 Volunteers at Animal Sanctuary

Under the leadership of Lieutenant Peter Spahn, GPSTC – Bibb Cadet Session 51 volunteered at the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Henry County on Saturday, May 28, 2016. This class spent the entire day constructing habits for the animals who are there convalescing. The cadets devised, planned and carried out this project on their own […]

Melton Represents GPSTC at the Juvenile Public Defender Association Conference

Tim Melton, Senior Manager with the Basic Training Division, delivered a presentation on Georgia’s Street Gang and Domestic Terrorism Act to the Juvenile Public Defender Association Conference at the Emory Law School on May 18, 2016. Melton also discussed the influence gangs have on Georgia’s youth. In attendance were 50 attorneys who work with juveniles […]

GPSTC Represented at WREX 2016 in Orlando

Instructors Bruce Stanford and Chuck Odom of the Georgia Police Academy and Truman Boyle of the Georgia State Patrol, traveled to Orlando, Florida the week of May 2, 2016 to conduct motorcycle crash testing for the World Reconstruction Exposition. WREX 2016 was a crash exposition for accident reconstructionist in both law enforcement and engineering fields. […]

GPSTC-Savannah Staff and Cadets Participate in 2016 CrimeStoppers’ Run

The GPSTC-Savannah Academy Class 291 participated in the 2016 CrimeStoppers’ Azalea Run.  The Azalea Run is a 5k run that helps to raise funds for the CrimeStoppers of Savannah-Chatham County Reward Fund.  CrimeStoppers relies on cooperation between the police, the media, and the general community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals.  The […]

Carlos Ortiz Presents Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events

Carlos Ortiz, GPSTC-Bibb’s Training Manager, spoke with Monroe County citizens on what they should do if they are ever caught in an active shooter situation. Check out 13WMAZ’s coverage of the presentation.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rangers Make Generous Donation

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rangers raised $1,270 for the Georgia Public Safety Memorial Fund. For information on donating, please call (478) 993-4402 or visit the Georgia Public Safety Memorial page.

GPSTC to Co-Host Range Day/Product Expo in June

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center and Gulf State Distributors will co-host a Range Day/Product Expo on June 21, 2016. The event will be held at the GPSTC Firearms Complex. The last day to register for this free event is June 14, 2016. Further event and registration information can be found at: Range Day GPSTC.

GFA Chief, Deputy Chiefs Receive Certification from Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Georgia Fire Academy Chief David Wall and Deputy Chiefs Mike Byrd and Jeff Dean joined 12 fellow chiefs in the first group certified by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GAFC) during the association’s 2016 Spring Executive Training Session in Savannah. In its first year, the program is divided into […]

UPDATE: Water Main Break Repaired

The City of Forsyth water main break has been repaired. GPSTC Forsyth classes that are scheduled to begin Tuesday or later in the week are not cancelled.

URGENT! Classes Cancelled April 4, 2016

The City of Forsyth has a water main break and is under severe water restrictions. Due to this emergency situation, all training that is to begin Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Forsyth GPSTC campus has been cancelled. Please continue to check back for updates for classes starting later in the week. UPDATE: For the […]

Joe Lariscy: 28 Years of Service with the GFA

Joe Lariscy is retiring after 28 years of service with the Georgia Fire Academy. Joe came to work at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center as a full time employee in 1988, just as the Center was starting operations and staffing was increasing. His was one of six positions added to the Fire Academy, then […]

Technical Rescue: Trench Rescue Technician 2016

The Georgia Fire Academy conducted a Trench Rescue Technician course February 29-March 4, 2016. This course was beneficial to those departments that currently operate a trench rescue team or have the possibility of being deployed on a GSAR team. The course served as a general overview of the skills needed to perform as a trench […]

GPSTC Cadets in the News for Community Service

Check out 13WMAZ’s news report on this group of GPSTC cadets. Their community service project will help veterans transition to civilian life. Way to go GPSTC cadets! Public Safety Cadets Clean Up Veteran Homes

GPSTC Active Shooter Training Featured in Online Atlantic Documentary

April 20, 1999 at approximately 11:20 AM, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High School in Columbine Colorado and began a massacre in which 12 students and 1 teacher were killed along with 21 injured. Police Tactics of the time had the responding officers secure the perimeter of the building and wait for SWAT, […]

Pedestrian Crash Testing

On Feb 17, 2016, Bruce Stanford and Truman Boyle conducted pedestrian crash testing. This testing is part of the Georgia Police Academy’s Pedestrian Crash Investigation course.  The testing data is collected and the formulas are validated based on the known values from the crash tests. Video credit: Truman Boyle

Georgia Smoke Divers Course Information

The Georgia Smoke Divers course scheduled for February 28 through March 4, 2016 will not be held on Forsyth campus of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.  The course will be held at the Dalton Fire Department. This course delivery will not be eligible for training credit as a Georgia Public Safety Training Center course. For more information, please […]

Crash Test Validates Motorcycle Crash Investigation Methods

The Georgia Police Academy’s Motorcycle Crash Investigation course was held the week of December 14-18, 2015. This course is designed to provide traffic crash investigators with a better understanding of the motorcycle design, handling characteristics and highway behavior. The investigators also learn to recognize and analyze motorcycle skid mark evidence, analyze damage and calculate impact […]

Governor Deal Recognizes Public Safety Heroes

On Monday, December 14, 2015, the Georgia Public Safety Training Center hosted the 2015 Governor’s Public Safety Awards. Governor Nathan Deal was on campus to help honor an outstanding group of Public Safety Officers who were brave in the face of danger and have shown outstanding commitment to their sworn duties. More pictures are available […]

GPSTC Pedestrian Crash Investigation Strike Tests

Bruce Stanford, GPA, and Truman Boyle, GSP, conducted strike tests as part of the first ever Pedestrian Crash Investigation course. The tests were held at the GPSTC on December 2, 2015. Stanford stated, “These tests help the students visualize the different types of strikes involved in pedestrian crashes and also serve as a platform to […]

Georgia Department of Revenue Announces New Vehicle Tag

The Georgia Department of Revenue will be launching a new vehicle tag for public safety first responders who have been injured in the line of duty. These tags will be available soon and are based on HB48, which called for a new license plate for law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS, 911 operators, and other first […]

GPA Traffic Section Receives Two GOHS Grants

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth, Georgia is pleased to announce the Georgia Police Academy Traffic Section has received two training grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The first is a $483,600.00 grant for advanced DUI/Impaired Driving training and the second is a $34,800.00 grant for Speed Detection & […]

Active Shooter Response Demonstration

Fox 5 Atlanta’s Dana Fowle was on scene for an exclusive demonstration at the new GPSTC Active Shooter Building. Check out her coverage at Fox 5 Atlanta and then head over to for more pictures of the action.  

Open House Celebrates Two New GPA Training Facilities

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center and the Georgia Police Academy celebrated the opening of two new state-of-the-art training facilities. The November 9th ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours marked the official opening of the Active Shooter Building and the Live Fire Shoot House. The new 1.2 million dollar Active Shooter Building and $400,000 Live Fire Shoot […]

GPSTC Participates in 2nd Annual Public Safety Day

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center proudly participated in the 2nd Annual Public Safety Day, hosted by the 2015 Leadership Monroe class. This event was held Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. The day of family fun was dedicated to celebrating Georgia’s public safety employees and Monroe County’s designation as the Public Safety […]

Forsyth-Monroe Legislative Delegation visits the GPSTC

Pictured L to R: Tiffany Andrews; CEO/Executive Director of the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce/Development Authority of Monroe County, Senator John F. Kennedy, GPSTC Deputy Director Tony Hightower, Representative Allen Peake, and Representative Robert Dickey. Attending, but not pictured; Representative Susan Holmes and Paul Holmes.

GPA Instructors provide training for future Crime Scene Investigators

Jonathan Fuss of the Georgia Police Academy orchestrated a training event for the Strong Rock Christian Academy Forensic Sciences Class. Accompanying him to provide this training were fellow GPA Instructors Jason Jones and Larry Mooney. Jones, the GPA’s Forensics Instructor, coordinated the set up of a mock crime scene for the event. The instructors set […]

Stanford and Boyle Conduct Crash Tests in Pennsylvania

Bruce Stanford of the Georgia Police Academy and Truman Boyle of the Georgia State Patrol were asked to conduct motorcycle crash testing for the 15th Annual Pennsylvania State Police Crash Reconstruction Seminar. The seminar, which was open to all law enforcement reconstructionists, was held in State College, PA on Oct. 13-15. The crash tests were […]

NPA Ballistic Demonstration

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center will be hosting National Police Ammunition (NPA) for a ballistic demonstration on November 23, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. The event will start in GPSTC Firearms Complex Classroom A. This demonstration is an excellent opportunity to see how the ammunition performs and to ask questions. All LE agencies are invite […]

GAWPS Inaugural Training Symposium

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, the Georgia Public Safety Training Center was proud to host the inaugural training symposium of the Georgia Association of Women in Public Safety. The GAWPS mission is to create opportunities that facilitate professional growth through training, education, and mentoring for women in public safety in the State of Georgia. Judging […]

Georgia Public Safety Training Center Partners with Georgia Highlands College

In an effort to continue Basic Law Enforcement Training in Northwest Georgia, GPSTC has entered into a partnership with Georgia Highlands College-Floyd Campus to open our newest regional academy – GPSTC Rome. Through Georgia Highlands generosity, this partnership will help GPSTC and the law enforcement community in Northwest Georgia. Ironically, this partnership brings the Police […]