Basic Training Division

Basic Training Division

Ray Saxon, Division Director
Linda Clements, Division Secretary
Phone: (478) 993-4622
Fax: (478) 993-4295

The Basic Training Division at GPSTC conducts Georgia’s basic, state-mandated training for two types of officers: law enforcement officers and jail officers, both of which require Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification. Basic training for firefighters is conducted through GPSTC’s Georgia Fire Academy.

In addition to the main campus in Forsyth, the Basic Training Division operates several regional academies located strategically around the state. These regional academies conduct basic law enforcement training and basic jail officer training as well as some selected advanced and specialized law enforcement training.

Candidates interested in becoming a police officer or jail officer may attend the basic training academy of their choice.

Candidates who are interested in becoming a firefighter must attend training at the Forsyth campus and should visit Georgia Fire Academy’s Basic Firefighter Training Program web page for more information.

GPSTC Basic Training Programs:

Program Qualifies students to become GPSTC Division Locations Certifying Body
Basic Law Enforcement Police Officer Basic Training Division All GPSTC Regional Academies GA POST
Basic Firefighter Firefighter Georgia Fire Academy Forsyth GFSTC
Basic Communications Officer Communications Officer Instructional Services Division Forsyth GA POST
Basic Jail Officer Jail Officer Basic Training Division All GPSTC Regional Academies GA POST
Basic Coroner Required for elected Georgia Coroners Georgia Police Academy Forsyth Georgia Coroner's Association

Driver Training Program

In addition to delivering basic emergency vehicle operations training, GPSTC’s Driver Training Program providers veteran officers with opportunities to enhance their driving skills with advanced courses such as: Advanced Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Operators Course Levels 1&2, Dynamics of Vehicle Pursuit, All Terrain Vehicle Operators Course, Driver Instructor Training, Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT), Basic Motorcycle Officer and Night Driving Techniques.