Basic Training Division

B.S., Georgia College
Georgia Basic Law Enforcement, Clayton County Regional Academy


Prior to joining the faculty of GPSTC’s Basic Training Division as the primary jail officer course coordinator, Sherita Ballard spent 16 years as a correctional law enforcement officer. Beginning in 1995, she worked for the Department of Corrections in numerous areas of the prison system, which included positions as a recreational supervisor, a mental health and mental retardation activity therapist, and finally, a corrections officer.

In 2004, after spending eight years in corrections at the state level, Ballard joined the Newton County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer. During her tenure with Newton County, Ballard was promoted several times, first to corporal and then to sergeant before earning the rank of lieutenant and assistant jail commander. As lieutenant, Ballard managed the complete operation of the detention center and its daily functions. She also oversaw policy-based, procedural, and physical training for all officers working within the facility.

As the only female member of Newton County’s 12-man Facilities Special Response Team (SRT), Ballard helped lead her team to become the first county team in the state to earn Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Tactic Squad Basic Training Certifications. In 2008, Ballard took over command of the SRT, which included oversight of the training of all team members.

While serving with Newton County, Ballard also taught as an adjunct instructor for the Clayton County Law Enforcement Academy in the Basic Jail Officer program and the Basic Law Enforcement Officer program.

In 2009, Ballard joined the staff of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy working in the jail. She also served as one of three primary instructors teaching many of the in-service training classes for Henry County officers.

Ballard places a high value on education and believes that investing in one’s self through training is the best decision a law enforcement officer can make. As an instructor, she emphasizes the need to set goals for trainees and push them to achieve those goals.


Basic Jail Officer Program

Professional Certifications

GA POST Peace Officer
GA POST Basic Jail Officer
GA POST Correctional Officer
GA POST General Instructor
GA POST Defensive Tactics
GA POST Field Training Officer
TASER International® TASER Instructor
PepperBall® Instructor
American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor
National Sheriff’s Association Jail Officer
Correctional Emergency Response Team(C.E.R.T.)

Professional Memberships

American Correctional Association (ACA)
American Jail Association (AJA)