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Seven Recruits Graduate from Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Law Enforcement Academy

DeKalb County - January 07, 2016

The next generation of law enforcement professionals received their certificates from Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Law Enforcement Academy during a  recent graduation ceremony that was held at the Academy’s Newton Campus in Covington. 

“I’m extremely proud of our law enforcement graduates,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College.   “It is our goal to produce officers who are not only well-trained in community policing, but who also have a heart and mind to serve and protect our communities,” he said.  “Our graduates represent the future of law enforcement,” Dr. Simama concluded. 

The ceremony marked the culmination of 17 weeks of basic mandate training.  The seven recruits who completed the program received their Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification.  The graduates have earned up to 744 hours of POST training in areas such as standardized field sobriety testing and TASER training, among others.  In addition to the POST training, the graduates have completed 42 semester college credits toward earning an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Ivan Harrell, brought the welcome.  A tribute to fallen officers was offered by Deputy John Moon with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.  The class speaker was Deputy Duncan Miller, who was also the recipient of the Academic Award, which honors the student who achieved the highest scores throughout the training program. 
“This academy very much succeeds in its goal to make its recruits competitive in the job market,” Miller said.  “I had some odd stipulations attached to my work schedule, but I was still immediately picked up by an agency. The Georgia Piedmont Technical College instructors are focused on shaping us as individuals, not just as law enforcement officers.  The impact they make on both fronts is impressive,” he said. 
Miller indicated he would highly recommend Georgia Piedmont’s Law Enforcement Academy to anyone considering a career in law enforcement.  “I chose this career in order to protect the people I cared about and the community I live in.  I feel with the skills I now have obtained, I can achieve both,” Miller stated.  “This program was a series of trials, and every time we came to a hump, I would find my place mentally by remembering how good success feels.  Then I would focus on how great it would feel once I completed this task,” he concluded.  
Major Harry McCann, Jr., Director, Georgia Piedmont Technical College Law Enforcement Academy, presented the recruits with their certificates.  “This success—I want you to remember the feeling of it.  Remember how good this feels,” McCann said.  “And the next time you face an obstacle, I don’t want you to think how hard it is going to be getting through it.  I want you to think about how you will feel afterward,” remarked McCann.  
Six of the seven graduates have received job offers and are now employed with local agencies such as the Peachtree City Police Department, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and the Decatur Police Department.  
 Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Law Enforcement Academy is the first academy of its kind in the State of Georgia to receive accreditation by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).  The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. is considered the gold standard in public safety accreditation.  It is responsible for accrediting numerous law enforcement agencies, public safety communication agencies, law enforcement training academies and campus security agencies throughout the nation and abroad.

For more information regarding Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Law Enforcement Academy, please contact Major McCann at 404-297-9522 ext. 5031, or via email

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.