Steve BarnhartBasic Training Division
Instructor IV,  Athens Regional Academy

Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, Columbus State University



Steve Barnhart began serving as supervisor of the Athens and Columbia County Regional Police Academies in 2016, a position supported by 19 years of specialized and advanced training program delivery and a cumulative experience of 29 years in law enforcement and 15 years in fire service.

Barnhart gained experience in communications, patrol and undercover drug enforcement operations from 1988 through 2000. He was first employed as a full-time instructor by the Georgia Police Academy (2000-02) in the narcotics training section. Barnhart transferred to Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) and served as the POST Investigator for Northeast Georgia (2002-04). Barnhart rejoined the staff of the Georgia Police Academy, serving as the primary instructor for legal courses involving statutory and appellate law, and additional instruction in multiple drug enforcement and counter-terrorism programs. Barnhart is a Pro Board certified firefighter NPQ FF2 (2002), and Hazardous Materials Technician (2006). He has served as a volunteer firefighter since 2002 for Oconee County Fire – Rescue in Watkinsville, GA.

Barnhart has fully authored or significantly expanded over a dozen courses provided by GPSTC and continues to provide classroom and scenario-based training to federal, state and local officers across Georgia and surrounding states.

GPSTC Courses Authored & Revised

High Risk Warrants & Arrest Tactics, Original Author
High Risk Warrant Service
Criminal Procedure
Search & Seizure for Law Enforcement
Search Warrants & Affidavits – Advanced
Search Warrants & Affidavits – Intermediate
Criminal Apprehension for Patrol
Response to Terrorism in Georgia
Hostage Negotiations

GPSTC Courses Instructed

Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification Course
Basic Jail Officer Certification Course
Arson Investigation Level 1
Arson Investigation Level 2
Introduction to Drug Enforcement
Criminal Investigation Fundamentals
Basic Clandestine Laboratory Investigator Course
Drug Undercover Operations
Interviews & Interrogations


GPSTC Authored Online Courses

Use of Deadly Force
Ethics for Drug Enforcement
Introduction to Terrorism
Operational Concerns for Incidents of Terrorism
Islamic Militant Terrorism and the IED Threat


Georgia POST Peace Officer
Georgia POST General Instructor
Georgia POST Firearms Instructor
Georgia POST Defensive Tactics Instructor
Georgia POST Driving Instructor
Georgia POST Emergency Medical Instructor
American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor
Georgia Trauma Foundation Stop the Bleed Instructor
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Clandestine Laboratory Investigator
National Professional Qualifications Firefighter I & II
National Professional Qualifications Hazardous Materials Technician
U.S. Department of Justice A.L.E.R.R.T. Instructor
U.S. Department of Justice C.R.A.S.E. Instructor
StopTech® Instructor


Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
Instructor of the Quarter, Georgia Public Safety Training Center