Ten students from the Savannah Technical College Peace Officer Academy celebrated graduating from the program with a completion ceremony on last Friday.
The four women and six 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 24th group of students to complete the program since its inception in 2009. To date, the program has graduated 313 P.O.S.T.-certified officers. Many candidates are in various stages of the application process with statewide agencies. Several candidates have been hired by area police departments. Savannah Tech’s Peace Officer Academy has a 97% 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 honors Levi Cory Adams, former officer from Glynn County Police Dept. and a graduate of the Peace Officer Academy, who passed away suddenly on July 20, 2017 from a vehicle accident. He is survived by his wife Taylor, one son and two daughters, parents Travis and Kerry Thornton and three siblings.
The Basic Law Enforcement Technical Certificate of Credit provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to become competent law enforcement officers.
For information about the Peace Officer Academy visit www.savannahtech.edu/PeaceOfficer- Academy or contact Sheree Rogers at 912.443.5191 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The next class begins May 21, 2018