The Training Section is responsible for all training conducted in the Sheriff’s Office, including basic Jailer training and in-service training. The section consists of the In-Service Training Unit, Academy Training Unit, Basic Jailer Training Unit, and Field Training Officer (FTO) Training Unit.
Academy Training Unit handles the Basic Mandate Academy, which includes 408 hours of training required by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (GA POST).
In-Service Training Unit handles yearly training for certified peace officers to attend 20 hours of in-service training required to maintain state certification. In-service training consists of both classroom and practical exercises that reflect judicial changes and current tactical techniques that will enhance the deputy’s skills and knowledge. Advanced Training consists of Firearms, EVOC, Defensive tactics, and CPR.
Jail Training Unit ensures that jail deputies are prepared to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with legislative and case law decisions. Topics include emergency procedures, inmate rights, inmate discipline, and medical activities such as first-aid, CPR, inmate medical, inmate/cell searches, fingerprinting, self-defense, and inmate supervision.
Field Training Officer Unit (FTO) is responsible for training newly hired deputies. In each phase, the FTOs introduce a variety of duties, procedures, and policies that the trainee is required to learn and appropriately apply. These training objectives are documented in the FTO training manual, and the training consists of 5 weeks.