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Peace Officers' Standards and Training Council

The Peace Officer Standards and Training Council improves law enforcement in the state by identifying qualified, professionally trained, ethical and competent peace officers and criminal justice professionals.


5000 Austell-Powder Springs Rd., Suite 261
Austell, GA 30106

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How many hours of training do I need to complete each year?

You must complete at least 20 hours of training during the course of each year to keep your "power of arrest."

Who is responsible for maintaining a record of my training hours?

You are. Neither POST nor the regional academies will necessarily have records of all training you complete; for this reason, you should keep a folder of documents to confirm you've done the year's training hours.

I have previous law enforcement experience in another state. Can I transfer this certification to Georgia?

Possibly. If you have actively worked in law enforcement at some point during the past three years, you may be eligible to exempt portions of the Georgia Basic Law Enforcement Training Course. If you meet this requirement, begin work on your application.