Under the Governor’s Initiative yearly training requirements, P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement officers are required to take courses covering the Use of Force, De-escalation, and two credit hours of Community Policing.

To fulfill the De-escalation requirement, officers will be allowed to take the stand-alone De-escalation Options for Gaining Compliance course, the combined Use of Force and De-escalation Options for Gaining Compliance,  or the Autism and De-escalation course.

These courses require students to complete knowledge checks after each module. Students will be required to make a passing score of 80% on each knowledge check, before moving forward. The student will be allowed to retake the knowledge check until the passing score is met. Going back and reviewing the module before re-attempting the knowledge check is also available, if needed. Students should complete 100% of the online course content. At the end of each course, students will still be required to make a passing score of 70% on the final examination.

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center is also proud to present Start the Conversation, an online Governor’s Initiative Community Policing course that seeks to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health issues.

Below is a list of all online Community Policing courses offered by GPSTC. Courses range from one to four hours P.O.S.T. Community Policing credit. Certified law enforcement officers must have a minimum of two hours P.O.S.T. Community Policing credit each year.

Please note that starting April 1, 2020, the new Building Positive Police-Community Relations course will replace two courses: Building Positive Community Relations and Serving Georgia’s Diverse Communities. This new course provides four hours of P.O.S.T. credit.

These courses no longer have a final examination. However, students are required to complete knowledge checks after each module. Students will be required to make a passing score of 80% on each knowledge check, before moving forward. The student will be allowed to retake the knowledge check until the passing score is met. Going back and reviewing the module before re-attempting the knowledge check is also available, if needed. Students should complete 100% of the online course content.

These courses are inclusive of, not in addition to, the 20-hour continuing education required by O.C.G.A. 35-8-21.

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