Basic Police Officer TrainingThe Basic Mandate Law Enforcement program at GPSTC is the top police officer training program in the state of Georgia and is designed for applicants who are interested in becoming law enforcement officers. The program is takes 11 weeks to complete and consists of 408 hours of rigorous training that includes classroom-based lecture and practical skills building sessions. As mandated by state law, all police officers in Georgia must complete this training in order to earn certification through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST).

Students who wish to enroll in the Basic Mandate Law Enforcement program for certification and who are currently employed by a law enforcement agency should contact their supervisor for details. Civilians who wish to attend Basic Mandate to become police officers may do so as pre-service candidates and should carefully read the GPSTC web page on how to become a police officer in Georgia.

The Basic Mandate Law Enforcement program is conducted at our main campus in Forsyth as well as eight regional academies and one contract academy, which are located throughout the state.

Basic Police Officer Training Program Highlights

Length of Program: 11 weeks
Tuition: $3,093
Fees: Approximately $700  
Dates Offered: View dates the program is offered
Locations offered: All GPSTC Regional Academies


GPSTC's Basic Mandate Peace Officer Training program consists of 408 course hours and takes 11 weeks to complete. Outside independent study is required.

Basic Peace Officer Training Topic Course Hours
The Criminal Justice System 4
Ethics and Professionalism 2
Peace Officer Standards & Training Council IS
Georgia Criminal Law 24
Criminal Procedure 34
Peace Officer Liability 4
Interpersonal Communication 8
Mental Health, Intellectual Disability Disorder, and Substance Abuse 4
Family Violence, Domestic Disputes, Disturbances and Crisis Intervention 8
Community Policing Crime Prevention Techniques 2
Crime Victims Compensation IS
Patrol and Observation 4
Crimes in Progress 8
Vehicle Pullovers 16
Interviews and Interrogations 8
Hazardous Materials 6
Officer Survival 24
Arrest Booking Procedures IS
Report Writing 8
Courtroom Demeanor and Testimony 6
Terrorism IS
NIMS: Incident Command System IS
Crime Scene Preservation 4
Sex Offense Investigation 8
Burglary Investigation 16
Robbery Investigation 8
Crimes Against Children 6
Juvenile Law 24
Bombs, Explosives and Arson Investigation IS
Motor Vehicle Theft Investigation 8
Organized Crime and Gangs Investigation 6
Controlled Substances Investigation IS
Death Investigation IS
Motor Vehicle Law 16
Traffic Enforcement 4
Accident Reporting 16
Impaired Driving 8
Traffic Direction and Control 2
Vehicle Occupant Protection 2
Fingerprinting 4
Firearms 40
Control Tactics 32
First Aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation 8
Emergency Vehicle Operations 24
Stress 3
Universal Precautions IS
Judgmental Simulation in the Use of Deadly Force 12
Use of Force 4
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