Steve R. Vertin

Georgia Police AcademySteveVertin
Manager, Firearms Section

United State Marine Corps
Middle Georgia Regional Police Academy
Penn Foster Career School



Steve Vertin began his professional career serving as an Infantryman in the United States Marine Corps from 1997-2001 at Camp Lejeune, NC. During this time he completed many hours of training in the areas of weaponry, leadership, instruction and martial arts. He became qualified as an instructor of Marine Corps Close Combat and Martial Arts. From 2001 until 2005, he served as a Physical Training and Martial Arts Instructor at Marine Corps Officer Candidate’s School in Quantico, VA. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 2005 and returned to Georgia.

Vertin began his civilian law enforcement career in 2005 as a jailer with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office in Dublin, GA. Vertin received the highest shooting score in his Mandate class in 2005. While at the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Vertin assisted in establishing the Sheriff’s Response Team (SRT), which he actively served on from 2006-2015 as a police counter sniper and entry team leader. Vertin worked in many areas in Laurens County, including patrol, drug unit and traffic unit. While maintaining his duties as a Deputy, Vertin also served as a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) Instructor, Firearms Instructor and training officer for SRT.

Vertin joined the staff at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in the Police Academy’s Firearms Section in 2015, where he applies his years of experience with firearms and instruction as he trains Georgia’s law enforcement officers.


GA POST General Instructor
GA POST Firearms Instructor
GA POST Precision Immobilization Technique Instructor
NRA Tactical Shotgun Instructor
Shoot House Instructor
Night vision IR laser Instructor
CTS Chemical and Impact Munitions Instructor
GA POST First Responder
Basic Law Enforcement
Remington Armorer
Glock Armorer
Penn Foster Career School Gunsmith
Basic Wild-Land Firefighter