Officer Trainings

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The City of Decatur and the Decatur Police Department place a high value on training and put real support behind this value. It is easy to let training needs fall through the cracks when being faced with making decisions about funding and staffing. Our city and department hold training for our officers as a critical need and make the adjustments rather than saying “we do not have the funds or staffing”. We strive not to simply meet the minimum standards set forth by Georgia P.O.S.T. (Peace Officers Standards and Training Council) who govern the certification requirements of police officers in our state. We work to exceed the standards. For example, we choose to pay costs associated with sending our police recruits to the 17-week Georgia Piedmont Technical College Law Enforcement Academy when we could send them to the free 12-week State academy. We believe the additional training and collegiate setting produce a better trained officer.

All certified officers are required by Georgia P.O.S.T. to attend 20 hours of in-service training each year to keep their certifications. Our officers average 80-90 hours of in-service training each year. 

We conduct annual in-service training on the following:

  • Biased based profiling
  • Cultural awareness
  • Code of conduct & ethics
  • Dealing with the mentally ill and persons of diminished capacity
  • De-escalation
  • Use of Force

Additional in-service training our officers have attended includes:

  • ACT (At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics) Specialist Certification
  • Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)
  • Beyond Community Policing
  • Child Exploitation
  • Citizen Complaints/Internal Affairs
  • CPR/1st Aid/AED
  • Crime Prevention for the 21st Century
  • Criminal Apprehension for Patrol
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Crisis Intervention Team
  • CVSA (Computer Voice Stress Analyzer) Operator Certification
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Domestic Violence
  • Elder Abuse & Exploitation Training
  • Emerging Law Enforcement Legal Trends
  • Excited Delirium Instructor
  • Fair and Impartial Policing©
  • First Responder
  • Fostering Positive Community Relations
  • G.A.L.E.C. Chaplain's Training
  • Health and Wellness
  • Interviews and Interrogations
  • Instructor Trainer Certification
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Leadership among Female Officers
  • Legal Updates
  • LIDAR
  • Management Level 1
  • Management Level 2
  • Management Level 3
  • Media and Public Relations
  • Mental Health 1st Aid
  • News Media Relations
  • Off Duty Conduct
  • Officer Survival
  • Patrol Rifle
  • Police Applicant Background Investigations
  • Police Legitimacy
  • Police Motorcycle Training
  • Preventing Community Crisis
  • Proactive Leadership
  • Procedural Justice & Community Relations
  • Property and Evidence
  • Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Instructor Training
  • Safety in our Schools
  • School Resource Officer Training
  • Search and Seizure
  • Selection and Hiring, Special Operations
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Social Media and Community Outreach
  • Social Media Training
  • Supervision Level 1
  • Supervision Level 2
  • Supervision Level 3
  • Suspicious Activity Reporting
  • Talk Tactics: Verbal De-Escalation
  • TASER Instructor
  • The Problem of Dog Related Incidents and Encounters
  • Transportation of Detainees
  • Vehicle Pursuits
  • Verbal Judo
  • Women’s Leadership Institute – International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Workplace of Difference for Law Enforcement Agencies - Anti-Defamation League