Peace Officer Academy honors December 2021 graduates

POA group photoSAVANNAH, Ga – Nine students from the Savannah Technical College Peace Officer Academy celebrated graduating from the program with a completion ceremony on December 10, 2021. The six men and three women have completed coursework containing the entire Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Law Enforcement Training Course. Their successful completion of the program qualifies them to be state-certified peace officers.

This is the 36th group of students to complete the program since its inception in 2009. To date, the program has graduated more than 400 P.O.S.T.-certified officers. Many candidates are in various stages of the application process with statewide agencies. STC’s Peace Officer Academy has a 97% placement rate in field (AY20).     

Each cohort selects a fallen officer for whom the graduating class will be named. The cohorts have a tradition of giving the family of the fallen officer a challenge coin dedicated to the officer. A challenge coin is a symbol of an unbreakable bond of dedication and allegiance among military personnel and law enforcement officers. The challenge coin tradition started as a military tradition in World War I and was later adopted by law enforcement. 

This cohort honors Sgt. Robert L. Linton of Richmond Hill Police Department, who lost his life due to a heart attack on May 8, 2019. Sgt. Linton had served with the agency for ten years and had previously served as a Master Mechanic before joining the department. He was survived by his wife and children.

The Basic POST Certification Technical Certificate of Credit provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to become competent law enforcement officers. The 11-week cohort program utilizes classroom instruction pertaining to criminal justice theory and the prevailing principles of modern law enforcement, as well as practical application of pertinent enforcement skills. College coursework contains the entire Georgia Peace Officers Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Law Enforcement Training Course so that successful completion of the program will qualify the student to be a state-certified peace officer.

The next class begins in January 2022. Visit this link for more information about the Peace Officer Academy or contact the office at 912.443.5191 or

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