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GPSTC Track Progress

  Progress is continuing well as we draw closer to Phase 2 of the expansion project! 

GPSTC Hosts Tactical Night Vision Company

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center will be hosting the Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) for a demonstration event on June 26th at 6pm.   TNVC will allow attendees to test and evaluate some of the newest equipment, such as: -thermal devices -different IR lasers -illumination devices affixed to different weapon platforms -flash bang (TRMR) […]

GPA Assists Gilmer Middle School STEAM Class

The Traffic Section of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center/Georgia Police Academy proudly assisted Robert McCart’s Gilmer Middle School STEAM class with learning more about child seatbelt safety with a live test crash. During the experiment, two cars were retrofitted with the three seatbelt prototypes and were transported to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center […]

GPSTC Announces GOHS Grants

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia is pleased to announce that the Georgia Police Academy has received two training grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The first grant is a $527,201.13 training grant. The grant will begin October 1, 2016 and run through September 30, 2017. The program will […]

13 WMAZ Features Basic Mandate Graduation

After eleven weeks of basic mandate training, the GPSTC-Forsyth Academy held a graduation on Friday, September 23, 2016 for the qualified cadets. 13WMAZ featured the basic mandate graduation.   Click the link below to read more about 13WMAZ’s feature:

GPA Conducts Public Safety Diver Course

  The Georgia Police Academy recently conducted the Public Safety Diver Course, August 29 through September 2. The Public Safety Diver course, PSD, is offered as a second week of further learning for divers after taking Diving Accident Response Techniques, DART. Week one, DART, starts in the pool at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s […]

GPA Conducts Pedestrian Crash Investigation

This week the Georgia Police Academy conducted the Pedestrian Crash Investigation course. During training for Pedestrian Crash Investigation, actual test crashes are performed in order to best demonstrate evidence recognition and collection.  These test crashes were done at speeds between 45 and 60 mile per hour. The data gained through the test crashes is used […]

GPSTC Represented at WREX 2016 in Orlando

Instructors Bruce Stanford and Chuck Odom of the Georgia Police Academy and Truman Boyle of the Georgia State Patrol, traveled to Orlando, Florida the week of May 2, 2016 to conduct motorcycle crash testing for the World Reconstruction Exposition. WREX 2016 was a crash exposition for accident reconstructionist in both law enforcement and engineering fields. […]

GPSTC to Co-Host Range Day/Product Expo in June

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center and Gulf State Distributors will co-host a Range Day/Product Expo on June 21, 2016. The event will be held at the GPSTC Firearms Complex. The last day to register for this free event is June 14, 2016. Further event and registration information can be found at: Range Day GPSTC.

GPSTC Active Shooter Training Featured in Online Atlantic Documentary

April 20, 1999 at approximately 11:20 AM, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High School in Columbine Colorado and began a massacre in which 12 students and 1 teacher were killed along with 21 injured. Police Tactics of the time had the responding officers secure the perimeter of the building and wait for SWAT, […]

Pedestrian Crash Testing

On Feb 17, 2016, Bruce Stanford and Truman Boyle conducted pedestrian crash testing. This testing is part of the Georgia Police Academy’s Pedestrian Crash Investigation course.  The testing data is collected and the formulas are validated based on the known values from the crash tests. Video credit: Truman Boyle

Crash Test Validates Motorcycle Crash Investigation Methods

The Georgia Police Academy’s Motorcycle Crash Investigation course was held the week of December 14-18, 2015. This course is designed to provide traffic crash investigators with a better understanding of the motorcycle design, handling characteristics and highway behavior. The investigators also learn to recognize and analyze motorcycle skid mark evidence, analyze damage and calculate impact […]

GPA Traffic Section Receives Two GOHS Grants

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth, Georgia is pleased to announce the Georgia Police Academy Traffic Section has received two training grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The first is a $483,600.00 grant for advanced DUI/Impaired Driving training and the second is a $34,800.00 grant for Speed Detection & […]

Active Shooter Response Demonstration

Fox 5 Atlanta’s Dana Fowle was on scene for an exclusive demonstration at the new GPSTC Active Shooter Building. Check out her coverage at Fox 5 Atlanta and then head over to for more pictures of the action.  

Open House Celebrates Two New GPA Training Facilities

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center and the Georgia Police Academy celebrated the opening of two new state-of-the-art training facilities. The November 9th ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours marked the official opening of the Active Shooter Building and the Live Fire Shoot House. The new 1.2 million dollar Active Shooter Building and $400,000 Live Fire Shoot […]

GPSTC Participates in 2nd Annual Public Safety Day

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center proudly participated in the 2nd Annual Public Safety Day, hosted by the 2015 Leadership Monroe class. This event was held Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. The day of family fun was dedicated to celebrating Georgia’s public safety employees and Monroe County’s designation as the Public Safety […]

GPA Instructors provide training for future Crime Scene Investigators

Jonathan Fuss of the Georgia Police Academy orchestrated a training event for the Strong Rock Christian Academy Forensic Sciences Class. Accompanying him to provide this training were fellow GPA Instructors Jason Jones and Larry Mooney. Jones, the GPA’s Forensics Instructor, coordinated the set up of a mock crime scene for the event. The instructors set […]

Live Fire Body Armor Demo


GPSTC Training Featured in Glennville Sentinel

GPSTC instructors made the front page of the Glennville Sentinel. Three Georgia Police Academy Instructors, Jonathan Fuss, Larry Mooney, and James R. Harper, along with Captain Luther Hires of the Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network, traveled to Glennville to provide training to several area agencies. At this central location, these instructors provided three days of […]

Cooper Institute’s Law Enforcement/Fire Service Fitness Specialist Course

The Cooper Institute is back with their first-rate Fitness Specialist course. Police and Fire Instructors of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center are participating in this course that reinforces the need for public safety professionals, who are involved in developing and delivering physical fitness programs in their academy or department, to understand fitness assessments and […]

Glock Announces Course Cancellations

Due to low enrollment, Glock has announced the cancellation of their July GPSTC courses. Students registered for these courses have been contacted directly by Glock. Below is a copy of the notification letter. If you are interested in Glock training, please go to

Crash Formula Testing and Validation Controlled Crashes

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, GPA Instructor Bruce Stanford’s Crash Formula Testing and Validation class got to put their skills to work investigating controlled test crashes. The instructors executed two crash tests: a pole strike and a truck vault. The purpose of both tests was to validate the mathematical formulae that are used to calculate […]

Cub Scout Tour

On February 9, Georgia Police Academy Director Carlos Ortiz gave a tour of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to Monroe County’s Cub Scout Den 10 of Pack 51 and their Den Leader Jeff Pixley. The scouts toured the academic building, including the gym and the forensics lab. Mr. Ortiz discussed how the GPSTC trains […]

Bruce Willis Graduates Top of NFA Class

Bruce Willis Graduates Top of NFA Class Congratulations to the Georgia Police Academy’s own Bruce Willis for his graduation from the National Forensic Academy (NFA). The NFA is an intensive 10-week training program funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The training is designed to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies in evidence identification, […]

GSU Criminal Justice Student Association Tours GPSTC

On Friday, October 10, the GPSTC hosted members of the Georgia State University Criminal Justice Student Association for an afternoon of touring and learning. Tim Melton, GPSTC Instructor, guided the Association members on the tour of the facility and various members of GPSTC Instructional Staff provided lessons on different aspects of Criminal Justice careers. The […]

GPSTC Arson Training Program Receives Donation

The GPSTC Arson Training Program received a generous $1,000 donation from the Atlanta Gas Light Resources/Atlanta Gas Light Charity Fund. The money was raised at their 2014 Golf Charity Tournament. Tommy Sipsy, an Atlanta Gas Light Resources Corporate Security Investigator, presented the check to Art Musselman, the Georgia Police Academy coordinator for the GPSTC Arson […]

GPSTC to Sponsor Macon Kiwanis Club’s Teen Driving Road-eo

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center will serve as a sponsor for the Macon Kiwanis Club’s Teen Driving Road-eo on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Hutchings Career Center located at 2004 Riverside Drive, Macon, Ga. This FREE event is open to middle Georgia teens ages 15 ½ and 16 who have a driver’s license […]

GPSTC Upgrades Judgmental Pistol Simulators

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) recently acquired and installed new theater-style, scenario-based Judgmental Pistol Simulators at its main campus in Forsyth and at its regional academies. With more than 500 scenarios designed to provide officers with a hyper-realistic training experience that teaches them to quickly and accurately assess suspects as threatening or compliant, […]

FBI Atlanta and GPSTC Host Active Shooter Symposium

FORSYTH—On July 23-24, 2013, the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office, in conjunction with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC), hosted a two-day conference at GPSTC’s Forsyth, Georgia facility to discuss best practices and services available during an “active shooter” response. In attendance were approximately 400 law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services (EMS) leaders as well […]

Ortiz Trains with Counterterrorism Experts

Division Director Carlos Ortiz of the Georgia Police Academy, a division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, has returned from Israel after an intensive two weeks of immersion in the latest public safety training led by Israeli police experienced in counterterrorism measures. Ortiz joined a delegation of 16 public safety officials from Georgia sent, […]

Georgia Honors Fallen Heroes

Governor Nathan Deal gave the keynote address at the Georgia Public Safety Memorial Ceremony at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth. Twelve men and women who died while on duty as public safety officers were honored for their bravery and dedication during the ceremony. Their names were added to the Georgia Public […]

Change in Online Course Delivery

GPSTC has relocated our extremely popular independent online course offerings from a Blackboard hosted server to an internal server operated solely by the Training Center. The new delivery system will result in benefits for students including elimination of the five minute delay in course availability after registration, immediate feedback on test scoring, instantaneous appearance of […]

GPSTC Leaders Participate in Georgia-to-Georgia Exchange

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s (GPSTC) Executive Director Tim Bearden and Interim Deputy Director of Training Keith Howard recently returned from a week-long trip to the Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, where they met with officials from that country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Police Academy to share ideas and insight on developing police departments […]

GPSTC and GSP Conduct Crash Test

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s Traffic Section (GPSTC), in collaboration with the Georgia State Patrol’s (GSP) Specialized Crash Reconstruction Team (SCRT) and Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD), conducted a two-vehicle crash test today at GPSTC’s driver training complex, making GPSTC one of the first public safety training centers in the nation to conduct its […]

Deal recognizes Georgia Public Safety Professionals

Gov. Nathan Deal today recognized 18 public safety professionals for acts of heroism and eight for contributions to their profession at the Governor’s Public Safety Awards ceremony in Forsyth. The recipients were given medallions and their names were added to the Governor’s Public Safety Awards’ monument located inside the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. “I […]

GOHS Awards Impaired Driving Training Programs Grant to GPSTC

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth, Georgia is pleased to announce that it has received two training grants totaling $365,200 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), the state agency charged with educating the public on traffic safety and facilitating the implementation of programs that reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities on […]

New Recreation Hours

The weight room is now available from 5:00 pm until 9:30 pm Monday-Thursday. Any recreational items (i.e. weight belts, gloves) must be supplied by the student.

Policy Change: Tuition for Repeats

At the Board of Public Safety Meeting on February 10, 2011, the Board approved charging a tuition fee for all students that repeat a class due to failure. This change went into effect on July 1, 2011