ATLANTA - Seventeen officers graduated from the Basic Community Supervision Officer Training (BCSOT) at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia.  The graduation ceremony took place on Thursday, March 18, 2021, and conclude the eight-week training course. All graduates are now certified as Community Supervision Officers by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.). Due to social distancing guidelines, in-person attendance at the upcoming ceremony was limited and the ceremony was recorded. Click here to view the graduation ceremony. 

These men and women join the ranks of fellow officers responsible for the community-based supervision of approximately 200,000 adult felony offenders throughout Georgia.


DCS Director of Training and Professional Development, Ms. Shanta Porter, says that these new officers are well prepared and she is confident they are ready to begin their assignments.


“These new Officers will bolster the ranks of DCS, furthering our commitment to public safety and to our communities across Georgia,” said Porter.  “Our goal is to build a highly-skilled, highly diverse department whose members are trained to handle the dynamics of community supervision.  “We believe the extensive training these officers have received has provided them with the skills they need to serve the citizens of the State of Georgia, added Porter.


The BCSOT curriculum includes training on the following courses: supervision techniques, investigation procedures, intervention strategies, Georgia law, policy and procedure, interview skills, physical fitness, arrest procedures, defensive tactics, computer interaction, enhanced supervision procedures, and firearms qualification.


The new officers will serve their communities in field offices located in Atlanta, Carrollton, Columbus, Covington, Cumming, Fayetteville, Lawrenceville, Morrow, Ringgold, Savannah, Statesboro, Stone Mountain, and Waycross. 


About the Georgia Department of Community Supervision:


The Department of Community Supervision is responsible for the community-based supervision of more than 200,000 adult felony offenders, and Class A and Class B designated juvenile offenders.


It is the mission of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision to protect and serve all Georgia citizens through effective and efficient offender supervision in our communities while providing opportunities for successful outcomes. DCS employs evidence-based practices to hold offenders accountable and reduce the state’s recidivism rate. For more information, visit


Media Contacts:


Brian Tukes, Director of External Affairs

Georgia Department of Community Supervision 



Jamelle Washington, Public Information Officer 

Georgia Department of Community Supervision