DCS welcomes largest class of Community Supervision Officers
ATLANTA - A record 46 Community Supervision Officers will graduate from the Department’s Basic Community Supervision Officer Training (BCSOT) program on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The ceremony, which begins at 11:00 am, will be held in the auditorium of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth, GA. At the conclusion of the ceremony, each officer will be certified as a Community Supervision Officer (CSO) by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.).
These men and women will soon join the ranks of fellow CSOs currently responsible for the community-based supervision of approximately 200,000 adult felony offenders throughout Georgia.
DCS Director of Field Operations David Morrison says that these new officers are well prepared and ready to serve their communities.
“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. “The level of commitment, teamwork and perseverance these officers have shown during their training is truly inspiring and for that we are both proud of them and proud for them. As they begin their careers, we look forward to the difference they will make in the lives of offenders and in our communities,” added Morrison.
The BCSOT program includes training on: 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: Columbus, Gainesville, Douglas, Statesboro, Macon, Atlanta, Augusta, Monroe, Douglasville, Decatur, LaGrange, Central, Albany, Winder, Morrow, Rome, Camilla, Lafayette, Valdosta, Washington, Covington, Lawrenceville, and Lyons.
DCS is responsible for the effective and efficient supervision of Georgia’s adult felony offenders and Class A and Class B designated juvenile offenders. Utilizing a holistic approach to offender supervision that involves all facets of the community which includes, but is not limited to: victims and their families, programs for offenders and their families, involvement in community activities and partnerships with other criminal justice agencies, DCS works to hold offenders accountable and reduce the state’s recidivism rate.
For more information, please contact Racheal Peters, DCS Director of Public Affairs at 470-755-4358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.