John E. RobertsBasic Training Coordinator, Forsyth Regional Academy

B.S., Mercer University
A.S., Macon College
A.S., Georgia Military College



John Roberts has law enforcement in his blood. As a young boy, Roberts watched his father serve as the Chief of Police in Gordon, Georgia, witnessing firsthand the selfless commitment, integrity, and professionalism that drove his father to serve his community. When Chief Roberts died in the line of duty in 1978, the mold was cast for his son to follow in his footsteps in 1987.

Roberts developed a love for training law enforcement officers early in his career as deputy sheriff and training officer for the Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office and has devoted his life since to providing the best police officer training possible for Georgia officers. Prior to and in the process of developing his knack for teaching, Roberts served as an undercover narcotics agent for the Glynn County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, as a sergeant for the City of Gordon Police Department, as a lieutenant and training officer for the town of Ivey Police Department, and as a SWAT officer and senior training instructor for the Macon Police Department.

In 2000, after serving as the Macon PD senior training officer for five years and as a GPSTC volunteer adjunct instructor for nine years, Roberts joined the GPSTC staff full time as the Assistant Program Director for the Georgia Police Corps. In this role, he oversaw curriculum development, working closely with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Police Corps and Georgia POST to ensure that recruits in the 20-week residential training program met or exceeded requirements to become law enforcement professionals.

Beginning in 2004, Roberts transferred to the Georgia Police Academy’s (GPA) Driver Training Section and spent a decade developing and revising the driving programs that Georgia officers complete as part of their basic training as well as advanced and specialized driving skills.

From 2012 to 2016, Roberts served as manager of Driver Training and Firearms sections.

In 2016, Roberts was transferred to the Basic Training Division Forsyth Regional Academy. In this position Roberts trains entry level students in the 11 week Basic Mandate Program.
Roberts has served as a guest speaker for the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit on the subject of Suicide and Law Enforcement and, he has lectured for Emory University’s School of Medicine on the subject of Law Enforcement’s Response to Sexual Assault. Additionally, Roberts has served as a guest lecturer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Georgia Narcotics Officer Association on a variety of law enforcement issues.

GA POST Peace Officer
GA POST Intermediate
GA POST Advanced
GA POST General Instructor
GA POST Firearms Instructor
Georgia Basic Firefighter Certification
Glock® Armorer and Instructor
North Carolina Highway Patrol Training Academy, Driver Instructor Training
GA POST Supervisor
GA POST Management
GA POST Field Training Officer
Verbal Judo Institute, Verbal Judo
GA POST Radar Speed Detection Instructor
GA POST Senior Instructor
National Center for State, Local and International Law Enforcement: Small Town and Rural Community Policing Instructor
GA POST Health and Wellness Instructor
GA POST Defensive Tactics Instructor
US Department of Justice, Arrest and Control Instructor
SKIDCAR® System Instructor and Technician
Ti Simulator Master Instructor
Remington Armorer
Below 100 Instructor
Blue Courage Instructor
ALERRT Instructor
GA POST Use of Force Instructor

Macon Police Department Distinguished Service Medal
Macon Police Department Purple Heart Recipient
Macon Police Department SWAT Officer of the Year
Peace Officers Association of Georgia Officer of the Year (Medal of Valor)
Earl Hamrick Award for Valor from the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate

Suicide and Law Enforcement, FBI Behavioral Science Unit