Program Description: The Basic Law Enforcement Certificate program provides students with the necessary skills, standards, and knowledge to become qualified, proficiently trained, ethical, and competent law enforcement officers in criminal justice careers.
Program Objectives: Those who attend the Augusta Technical College Peace Officers Training Academy will be certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council. Additionally, upon completion of the academy, students will receive 21 transferrable credits to the Criminal Justice diploma, 27 transferrable credits to the Criminal Justice associate degree, and 3 transferrable credits to the Incident Command Technology Technical Certificate of Credit.
Employment Opportunities: Graduates of the Basic Law Enforcement Technical Certificate of Credit are prepared for positions as law enforcement officers with law enforcement agencies.
Academy alumni have found careers in law enforcement agencies such as the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Burke County Sheriff's Office, Wrens Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, Waynesboro Police Department, Richmond County Board of Education, Grovetown Department of Public Safety, Harlem Department of Public Safety, Georgia Health Science University Police, Thomson Police Department, and Effingham County Sheriff's Office.
Qualifications: You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. You should have no criminal history and a clean driver's history. You must have a valid Georgia driver's license. Additionally, you must be able to be declared physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of completing the academy training by a physician.