The department is charged with the development, delivery, and facilitation of training that results in professional and competent public safety services for the people of Georgia.
The Georgia Public Safety Training Center consists of 180 employees under the leadership of Director Tim Bearden and is a comprehensive training complex for use by all state and local public safety related units of government within the state of Georgia. This group is typically defined as law enforcement, corrections, fire service, communications/911, coroners, emergency management, rescue and other emergency service personnel.
The Training Center is designed to service an average daily student population of 500. The following agencies and/or training units are permanently housed at the Training Center: Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Department of Natural Resources, State Board of Pardons and Parole, the Department Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance Division, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. In addition, the Georgia Firefighter Standards & Training Council is located on site.
The Training Center is responsible for the coordination of the delivery of training to all state public safety officers, job specific training programs for state agencies, advanced and specialized training for both state and local peace officers, chief executive training and supervisory and management training. Correctional officer training, both basic and advanced, and other correctional related subjects are provided through the Georgia Department of Corrections Training Academy. The Training Center is responsive to the training needs of all fire and safety related services through the auspices of the Georgia Fire Academy. Most importantly, the Training Center is responsive to eligible governmental agencies for training which is not only timely, but "state of the art". The Training Center is the focal point of public safety related training in the State of Georgia.
The day to day operation of the Training Center is divided among Administrative Services, Basic Training Division, Georgia Police Academy, Georgia Fire Academy, Support Services, Technical Services, and Instructional Services Division.
"The GA Public Safety Training Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age or any other protected class in the delivery of services."