Twenty-nine students from the Savannah Technical College Peace Officer Academy celebrated graduating from the program with a completion ceremony.
The six women and 23 men 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 thirteenth group of students to complete the program since its inception in 2009. To date, the program has graduated more than 165 P.O.S.T.-certified officers. Many candidates are in various stages of the application process with statewide agencies. Two candidates were hired area police departments recently. Savannah Tech’s Peace Officer Academy has a 98% placement rate.
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 elected to honor Sgt. John Joseph “JJ” Brown, of the Savannah Police Department. Sgt. Brown’s watch ended on Tuesday, April 14, 1981, when he was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer during a shootout with a suspect who had fired at the officers. The shooting occurred at the intersection of Liberty and West Broad Streets. Sergeant Brown had served with the Savannah Police Department for 21 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.
For more information about the Peace Officer Academy, please contact Larry Stubbs at 912.443.5191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.