ATLANTA – Georgia’s first class of community supervision officers graduated from basic training today in Forsyth.
Twenty-four officers graduated the Basic Probation/Parole Officer Training Course (BPPOTC). The graduation ceremony was held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth.
The BPPOTC is an eight week training course resulting in all new officers being certified as Community Supervision Officers by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.).
Commissioner of the Department of Community Supervision Michael Nail says that the graduates are prepared for their new roles as community supervision officers.
“I am confident that our inaugural class of graduates have the necessary skills to ensure public safety through effective and efficient offender supervision,” said Nail.
Director of Field Supervision David Morrison and Director of Court/Board/Field Services Mike Kraft delivered keynote remarks to the graduating class.
Morrison told the graduates that they will be more than a community supervision officer to the offenders under their supervision.
“You hold a very unique position in the field of law enforcement. For many offenders under your supervision, you will be the only positive role model that has ever been a part of their lives. You have a tremendous opportunity to help individuals become productive members of society,” said Morrison.
Kraft reminded the graduates of the importance of professional development.
“Learning does not cease with graduation. You must continue to develop your knowledge, skills and abilities. Affecting this change within yourself provides you with the ability to better affect change in the offenders, families, and communities you serve,” said Kraft.
The BPPOTC includes supervision techniques, investigation procedures, intervention strategies, Georgia law, policy and procedure, interview skills, physical fitness, arrest procedures, defensive tactics, computer interaction and firearms qualification.
The new officers will be working in the following locations: Macon, Brunswick, Atlanta, Winder, Dekalb, Milledgeville, Athens, Calhoun, Gainesville, Warner Robbins, Lawrenceville, Columbus, Savannah, Griffin, Monroe, Conyers, McDonough and Marietta.