Georgia Public Safety Training Center
Established in 1991 by the Georgia Board of Public Safety, the Georgia Public Safety Center was built with the intention of facilitating both the Georgia Police Academy and the Georgia Fire Academy in one place. Construction began, and in 1996 then Governor Zell Miller issued an order that transferred responsibility for administration, management and funding of Peace Officer Training contracts with the two academies as well as the Georgia Sheriffs' Association. Today, the Center provides over 5,000 training programs to more than 95,000 of Georgia's public safety officials.
The GPSTC has 179 full-time employees that operate under the watchful eye of Director Dale Mann. Half of that 179 carries out duties that include Administrative Services, Basic Training, Support Services, Technical Services, and Instructional Services. The other half is often classified as law enforcement, corrections, fire service, coroners, rescue and emergency service personnel. Their mission statement is as follows:
We are here to foster professionalism, competency and safety within the ranks of the Georgia's Public Safety Community by developing, delivering, facilitating, and supporting training which exceeds our customer's needs.
Inside The Center
The actual training center is located in Forsyth, GA, and is designed to service an average of 500 students - or trainees - every day. There are a number of agencies/units that come in periodically, but the training center also serves as the permanent training facility for the following groups: Georgia Corrections Academy, the training units of the Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Department of Natural Resources, State Board of Pardons and Parole, the Department Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance Division, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
The center carries out a wide variety of objects every day, including: job specific training programs, advanced and specialized training for state and local peace officers, correctional officer training, and chief executive training.
To reach the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, contact:
Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council
5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road
Austell, Georgia 30106
Phone: (770) 732-5974
FAX (770) 732-5952
To Contact the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council, contact:
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council
1000 Indian Springs Drive
Forsyth, GA 31029-9599