Robert E. Cox

Basic Training Division, Columbus Regional Academy
Basic Class Coordinator


Master of Public Administration, Columbus State University
B.A. Criminal Justice, Columbus State University
Basic Mandate at Columbus Regional Academy in 1980

Lieutenant Robert (Bob) Cox joined the training center on October 16, 2015 after retiring from the Columbus Police Department on October 15, 2015 after serving 36 years. He is a basic mandate class coordinator at the regional academy in Columbus.

Robert “Bob” Cox began his law enforcement career with the Columbus GA Police Department in 1978 as a police cadet. In 1980 he met the basic requirements to become a police officer and was sworn in. He attended the regional academy in 1980 and served in the department’s communication center. In 1981 he was transferred to the Bureau of Patrol Services where he served most of his career as a patrol officer and sergeant until 2006 when he transferred to the department’s Training Division.

Bob attended Instructor Training in 2004 where he began teaching classes at the regional academy and the police department. In 1980 he graduated from Columbus College (later Columbus State University) with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. In 2006 he graduated from the Command College with a Master of Public Administration Degree. Also in 2006 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant at his department. In 2009 he was transferred to the departments Training Division where he supervised the Recruit Training Unit and the Firearms Unit.

Bob enjoys instructing the basic mandate students and believes all experienced law enforcement officers should pass on their knowledge and experience to the new officers.


Basic Mandate 408 hours
Basic Jail 80 hours


GA POST General Instructor
GA POST Firearms Instructor
GA POST Defensive Tactics Instructor
GA POST Radar Instructor
GA POST SFST Instructor
GA POST Emergency Medical Instructor
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C.R.A.S.E. Instructor
NTOA Active Shooter Instructor
NRA Law Enforcement Instructor