ATLANTA - Twenty-five 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 will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in the GPSTC auditorium. The ceremony concludes the eight week training course. All graduates will be certified as Community Supervision Officers by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.).
The newly certified officers 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 the officers have been well trained and are ready to begin their assignments.
“Over the past eight weeks, these men and women have been tested, both mentally as well as physically, and have proven they are prepared to excel in this challenging and rewarding profession,” said Morrison. “These officers have demonstrated a tremendous level of teamwork and dedication during their training. We are honored to have them join our team. We look forward to the positive impact they will have in our communities and on the lives of those under our supervision,” 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 CSO’s will be working in the following locations: Atlanta, DeKalb, Cartersville, Columbus, Elberton, Athens, Morrow, Marietta, Macon, Milledgeville, Savannah, Jesup, Augusta, Rome, Tifton, Lawrenceville, Conyers, Winder, Columbus and Monroe.