Savannah Tech to offer nighttime law enforcement classes in hopes of boosting recruiting • The Georgia Virtue

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In order to meet the growing demand for law enforcement officers and provide an option for students who work during the day, the Peace Officer Academy at Savannah Technical College will offer night training for the Certificate Basic Technical Credit for Law Enforcement (TCC). Successful completion of the program qualifies graduates to be state-certified peace officers.

“Never before have so many demands been placed on law enforcement and we’ve never had so few officers to respond to those demands,” Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said.

This new night cohort will be a 30-week program running from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the summer/fall semesters (May 31 through December 5) at the College’s Crossroads Campus (190 Crossroads Parkway, 31407 ). While the majority of training will take place at night, there is a week in the fall where students will be required to attend Emergency Vehicle Operator Training (EVOC) during the day. The night program will be divided into two semesters with a week off between semesters in July.

Information sessions on the night cohort will be held at 6 p.m. on April 12 and 14 at Campus Carrefour. Approval of POST applications takes approximately one month, so applicants are encouraged to start the process early. POST approval must be received by May 20.

The College’s Peace Officers Academy is traditionally an 11-week program offered during the day on weekdays. The course includes the Georgia Basic Law Enforcement Standards and Peace Officer Training (POST) course. The next day’s cohort begins on July 11.

The Basic POST Certification Technical Credit Certificate provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to become competent law enforcement officers. The program utilizes classroom instruction covering criminal justice theory and the prevailing principles of modern law enforcement, as well as the practical application of relevant law enforcement skills. To date, the program has graduated more than 400 POST certified agents. Many applicants are at different stages of the application process with national agencies. STC’s Law Enforcement Academy has a 97% field placement rate (AY20).

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