Police Training Reform

POST Rule Revision: Rule 464-5 (Annual Training Requirement)

Effective January 1, 2017, the 20-hr. annual continuing education requirement for Peace Officers now includes a minimum of four (4) hours from designated topic areas, in addition to the existing firearms requalification requirements. Officers are now required to annually complete the Use of Force and De-escalation Options for Gaining Compliance course and then select one (1) additional elective course from the list indicated below. These courses are not an addition for peace officers. They will make up part of the yearly 20 hour requirement. It will be the officer’s responsibility to ensure the 20 hr. training criteria is met by the end of the year according to POST standards.

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center has created online courses within the Police Legitimacy, Procedural Justice, and Community Relations curricula that meet the new requirements.

Required:

Use of Force and De-escalation Options for Gaining Compliance

Electives:

Fostering Positive Community Relations
Cultural Awareness
Police Legitimacy and Procedural Justice for Community Relations

Four additional elective classes are in early development with an expected deployment date of January 1, 2018. The goal of the program is to provide officers the option to take a new elective course every year.

Additionally, Officers are required to annually qualify with all agency issued/carried firearms (e.g. handgun, shotgun, patrol rifle, etc.). The course of fire must meet or exceed the course of fire completed in the basic course for the type of firearm.

GPSTC has developed Programs of Instruction (POI) for each of the courses within the Police Legitimacy, Procedural Justice, and Community Relations curricula. Instructors who wish to develop the course for classroom delivery may obtain the POI under the “Notices” section of the POST home page (www.gapost.org).

Chief Executives:
The new rule will require Chief Executives to complete a total of 25 hours of training each year.

Required:

•Twenty (20) hours of GACP Executive Credit
•Firearms requalification.
•Use of Force and De-escalation Options for Gaining Compliance.
•One (1) elective from the GPSTC Police Legitimacy, Procedural Justice, and Community Relations curricula.

GACP Handout 2017