Located in Covington, Ga., Georgia Piedmont Tech’s Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) is the first, and currently only, Law Enforcement Academy in the state of Georgia to be accredited by CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies), the most widely recognized accrediting body in Public Safety. Qualified candidates in Georgia Piedmont Tech’s LEA program are eligible for both HOPE and PELL grants to support their training.

Our 11-week program currently meets the POST-approved Basic Mandate requirements of 408 hours. In addition to POST Basic Law Enforcement certification, graduates of Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s LEA program receive 23 college credits towards an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

If you are called to serve, start your career today with one of the best peace officer training programs in the country at Georgia Piedmont Tech’s Law Enforcement Academy in Covington.

Application Process for Basic Mandate

*To apply for advanced classes, please see the Advanced Classes section on the right side of this page.

Here at the Georgia Piedmont Tech Law Enforcement Academy we strive to offer the best training and education possible. In order to apply to the program you will need to meet certain requirements.

Once you submit the online application, you will be contacted by Academy staff for the next steps. Application deadlines are set approximately six weeks prior to the start of a new class.

Read requirements needed and how to apply online

Requirements Prior to Beginning Program

  • Minimum of 18 years old
  • Criminal background investigation;
    • No felony convictions
    • Or sufficient misdemeanors showing pattern of disregard for the law
    • Must possess good moral character
  • Pass medical examination
  • Proof of High School/GED graduation
  • Proof of US or naturalized citizenship
  • Valid Class C Georgia Driver’s License
  • Military Service Record (if applicable)
  • Provide Birth Certificate
  • Pass drug screen

If you are able to meet these requirements, then follow this link to submit the Academy application. You will be contacted by Academy staff for an interview.

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740 hours vs. 408

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Tuition explanation

Funding opportunities

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Advanced Law Enforcement Training

GPTC’s Law Enforcement Academy offers almost 800 hours of customized training for current law enforcement officers in Georgia every year at our Newton D Campus in Covington. Officers can choose from courses ranging from 24 to 80 hours each.

See the course options below.

Basic Jail Officer
This entry level jail program will prepare the jail officers to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with legislative and case law decisions. Topics include emergency procedures, inmate rights, inmate discipline, medical activities such as first-aid, CPR, inmate medical, inmate/cell searches, fingerprinting, self defense, and inmate supervision. Portions of this course will require physical activity and exercises in written communication. Students should bring with them those items needed to participate in these activities.

Crime Scene Processing
The student will be familiar with the actions to be taken by the first arriving officer at a crime scene, identify investigative resources for assistance, and understand the techniques of documenting the crime scene and how to collect and preserve evidence. This course is designed for first responding elements to the crime scene and satisfies the requirements for P.O.S.T. Advance Certification.

Equivalency of Training (EOT)
Eligible for: Federal Peace Officers, Military Peace Officers (MP + CID, or equivalent), Out of-State Peace Officers, Pre-Service Candidates and Inactive Registered Georgia

Peace Officers actively employed in law enforcement or who have graduated from a basic law enforcement training course within the last 3 years are eligible for Equivalency of Training (EOT). All others will be required to attend the entire basic law enforcement training course. This process will also be used for those individuals who attended the basic law enforcement training course, in Georgia, and did not complete the certification process within three (3) years.

The EOT may allow an officer to be exempt from having to complete the entire basic law enforcement training course. Those who fail the EOT will be required to successfully complete the entire basic law enforcement training course in order to be eligible for peace officer certification. The minimum passing score is 70%.

You may be eligible for an exemption from the full basic law enforcement training course if you were an officer in another state or with the federal government and meet the following requirements:

  1. You attended a basic law enforcement training course in another state or with the federal government;
  2. Your certification as a peace officer in another state or with the federal government is valid; and
  3. You have not had more than a three (3) year break in employment as a law enforcement officer.

First Responder
Based on recognized first responder guidelines, this course provides training in the skills needed to provide the first patient contact in the emergency medical services system. Police officers are often the first on the scene of emergency medical calls and have a responsibility to know what to do. Through instruction in patient assessment, patient care, legal aspects, terminology, diagnostic signs, life threatening emergencies and many other topics, the First Responder will be better prepared to provide better care for the patient

Field Training Officer (FTO) Program combines on-the-job instruction with objective evaluation and documentation, thereby enabling students to use this selection process within their own department.

Instructor Training
This course is designed for the public safety officer who instructs in performance oriented training and is responsible for lesson plan development. Topics range from instructor liability and lesson plan design, to testing and evaluation of learning. During the course, each student writes an original lesson plan on an approved public safety topic and develops the presentation skills necessary to deliver that lesson

For more information, contact gptclea@gptc.edu or Major Gene McKinney at 404-297-9522, ext. 5334, mckinneye@gptc.edu

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