Richard DixonBasic Training Division
Manager, Athens and Augusta Regional Academies

M.B.A., Human Resource Management, AIU
B.B.A., Business Administration, AIU
A.A., Criminal Justice, Kaplan University


Richard Dixon began his law enforcement career in 1986 as a special response officer for Plant Vogtle, a nuclear generating plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. Dixon went on to join the staff of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol officer later moving on to investigations. Dixon also served as one of the original Crime Suppression Team members of the Sheriff’s office in 1996 and then served as a K-9 handler. During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, Dixon worked on the SWAT team from 1992 to 2003, holding positions of element leader and sniper.

In 2003, Dixon joined the GPSTC staff as the in-service coordinator for the Basic Training Division of the Augusta Regional Police Academy. Three years later he was promoted to supervisor at the GPSTC Regional Police Academy in Athens. In 2007, Dixon was again promoted to manager of the Augusta Regional Police Academy and later went on to manage the regional academies in both Dalton and Athens. In 2011 Dixon was assigned as the manager of the Academy in Athens. Presently Dixon is managing both the academies in Athens and the satellite academy in Columbia County.

Dixon has accrued more than 3000 hours of law enforcement and holds instructor certifications in firearms, defensive tactics, EVOC, shotgun and ethics. In addition, Dixon has worked for HSS International for 8 years, teaching defensive tactics to various agencies in 42 states, Puerto Rico and to the Mounted patrol in Vancouver, Canada. Dixon has co-authored the Student Control Tactics manual, which has been implemented by the Regional Police Academy system in Georgia.

Dixon has been married to Chris Boyd Dixon for 30 years. They have four sons ranging in ages from 16 to 30. Dixon is an accomplished song writer and has penned more than 25 songs.

Dixon holds an MBA in Human Resource Management as well as a BA in Business Administration and an Associates in Criminal Justice. Dixon has acquired his Supervision and Management certifications.


Basic Mandate Law Enforcement Certification (408 hours)
Advanced and Specialized Courses
In-Service Courses

Professional Certifications

GA POST Peace Officer
GA POST Firearms Instructor
GA POST Defensive Tactics instructor
SSGT Level I and II Instructor
SSGT Instructor Trainer
GA POST EVOC Instructor
GA POST Shotgun Instructor
GA POST SWAT Level I, II, and III Instructor
GA POST Master SWAT Instructor