ATLANTA - Thirty-one officers are set to graduate from the Basic Community Supervision Officer Training (BCSOT) course at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth. The graduation ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016 in the GPSTC auditorium. The event concludes the department’s eight week training course. All graduating officers will be certified as Community Supervision Officers by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Council.
These men and women will soon join the ranks of fellow CSO’s currently responsible for the community-based supervision of approximately 180,000 adult felony offenders throughout Georgia.
DCS Director of Field Operations David Morrison says that he is certain the new officers are prepared to carry out their responsibilities.
“This graduating class of officers has taken full advantage of the eight week basic training course. Over the past several weeks, they have been challenged and tested and we are honored to have them join our team,” Morrison said. “We are proud of their individual, as well as their collective accomplishments, and we look forward with great anticipation to the positive contributions they will make to the department and Georgia communities,” added Morrison.
The BCSOT program 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 Community Supervision Officers are assigned to the following locations: Atlanta, Augusta, Canton, Carrollton, Cordele, Dahlonega, Douglasville, Elberton, Griffin, Jackson, LaGrange, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Milledgeville, Monroe, Morrow, Rome, Sandersville, Statesboro and Winder.