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StateAgencySpotlight Georgia Public Safety Training Center Georgia’s Unique Approach to Public Safety Training By Cheryl J. Greathouse Instructional Services Director, Georgia Public Safety Training Center he Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive training complex designed to address the diverse training needs of state and local public safety and judicial personnel. The center promotes cooperation and cross-training among the various public safety disciplines utilizing the facility and attracts the best qualified candidates to a career in public safety in order to enrich Georgia’s public safety training programs. Created from an idea in the early 1980s, the GPSTC began delivering training in May 1987. At that time, it was responsible for day-to-day operations, which included housing, food service, computer services, registration and student services, and facilities maintenance. The center operated one training division and provided administrative support to the Georgia Police Academy, Georgia Fire Academy, and the training units of Georgia State Patrol, Department of Corrections, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Department of Natural Resources and several other state agencies who all used the training facilities. In 1991, under the guidance of Governor Zell Miller, the GPSTC was expanded to incorporate the Georgia Police Academy and the Georgia Fire Academy, and again in 1996 to incorporate the regional police academies. This transitional approach resulted in the center serving as the primary training delivery organization for all local law enforcement, jail officers, communications officers and fire service personnel. Today, the GPSTC continues to strive toward its vision to be recognized as providing the highest quality public safety training in the nation, under the leadership of Director J. Dale Mann. Its mission is to foster professionalism, competency 32 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT T and safety within the ranks of Georgia’s public safety community by developing, delivering, facilitating, and supporting training that exceeds customers’ needs. The GPSTC provides mandatory basic training, advanced, specialized and inservice training for public safety officers, and supports the training missions of state and local public safety organizations both on campus and off. Those trained at the center include firefighters, police officers, correctional officers, parole officers, jailers, probation officers, communications officers, coroners, prosecutors, investigators and many others. The center maintains training facilities at the primary Training Complex in Forsyth, seven regional law enforcement academies (Athens, Augusta, Dalton, Columbus, Macon, Savanna h and Tifton), and eight regional burn buildings (Atlanta, Americus, Cave Springs, Clarkesville, Dublin, Washing ton, Tifton and Valdosta). In Forsyth, the Training Complex is comprised of an Academic Building, which includes classrooms, laboratories, auditorium, dormitories, gymnasium, cafeteria, library, conference center, print shop and administrative offices. Some of the other facilities include: • The Firefighter Training Complex, which includes a seven-bay fire station, serves as a facility for training and provides fire protection for the Center. A second, two-bay fire station simulating a rural environment, is located near the driver training complex and is used in response to emergencies, should they occur during training. • Firefighter training facilities also include a seven-story training tower used for training in rescue operations, rappelling and other techniques used in firefighting. In addition, two burn pools can be f looded with jet fuel or gasoline and ignited to teach The Georgia Public Safety Training Center campus in Forsyth.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - August 2009

Georgia County Government - August 2009
President’s Message
County Matters
Morgan and Newton Counties Bank High Quality of Life on Sustainable Growth
Georgia’s Unique Approach to Public Safety Training
Extension News: The Face of Poverty
Research Corner: ACCG Needs Your Participation in Burruss Budget Survey
Staff News
County Parade
ACCG Teams with Technology Provider, Dell
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - August 2009