Q. How do I become a law enforcement officer in Georgia?
A. To become a law enforcement officer in Georgia, you must successfully complete the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course (BLETC) at a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) certified Academy.
Q. How do I enter the police academy?
A. There are two ways to enter the police academy.
Q. What is a Pre-Service applicant?
A. A pre-service applicant is one who is not employed by a law enforcement agency and applies directly to an academy. Pre-Service applicants are financially responsible for required tuition and fees.
Q. How much does it cost to attend the Academy?
A. Costs are as follows:
Q. Can I pay with cash, credit card, or personal check?
A. PSI and GAP will accept credit cards. POST will only accept cashiers check or a money order. GPSTC and the Regional Police Academies will accept a certified check or money order.
Q. Are there grants or scholarships available to pay the cost of tuition?
A. Financial assistance may be available for military personnel through the Post-9/11 GI-Bill from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Q. How long is the BLETC?
A. The curriculum designated by POST is 408 hours; not including orientation (8 hours) is normally 10 1/2 to 11 weeks in duration.
Q. How do I apply?
A. Application is made through a regional police academy. The application process will require successful completion of the Entrance Examination, background investigation (including a fingerprint check through state and federal data bases), physical examination, and one or more interviews.