On September 8, 2016, Governor Nathan Deal announced a new law enforcement reform initiative. This initiative includes an expansion of specific training courses required by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST) as part of the continuing education requirements for sworn peace officers.
The purpose of this new curriculum is to provide state and local officers with the tools needed to build relationships within their communities.
During his announcement, Governor Deal called on the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) to develop and deliver, by January 1, 2017, four new courses related to the use of force, de-escalation, improving cultural competence, and improving relations between the police and the community. Chris Wigginton, GPSTC Director, is proud to announce that his staff has answered the Governor’s call.
Starting January 1, 2017, GPSTC launched four new online, on-demand courses:
- Cultural Awareness
- Fostering Positive Community Relation
- Police Legitimacy and Procedural Justice for Community Relations
- Use of Force and De-escalation Options for Gaining Compliance
These engaging and highly interactive courses provide students the opportunity to apply the concepts taught within the course as they move from one instructional unit to the next.
Please note: Use of Force and De-escalation Options for Gaining Compliance is required of all sworn law enforcement officers in the state. The other courses are electives, chosen by the officer. Officers must complete at least one elective course every year. These courses are inclusive of, not in addition to, the 20-hour continuing education required by O.C.G.A. §35-8-21.
For more information about each course, or to register, visit Independent Online Courses page.