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STC Peace officer academy launches information sessions

POSTED: September 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.

SAVANNAH — The Peace Officer Academy at Savannah Technical College will host two information sessions this month:  Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. and Aug. 27 at 11 a.m.  Both sessions will be held in room 163 of the Administrative Building at the college’s Savannah Campus located at 5717 White Bluff Rd.    

With classes beginning in January, the Peace Officer Academy will provide basic law enforcement training for those seeking certification as police officers and deputy sheriffs through the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST).  

Students will be selected through a competitive application process.  Applicants will be required to undergo a criminal background check and medical exam; additionally, they will have to meet minimum scores in English, reading and math.

The 17-week cohort program will follow a special schedule for tuition and is being designed to be HOPE Grant eligible.  Upon successful completion, students will receive a technical certificate of credit in basic law enforcement and an entire year of college credit.

“Graduates from this program will be responsible for impacting the lives of others and changing their communities,” said Vic Burke, department head for the criminal justice program. “This is an opportunity to view life from the playing field, not the sidelines.”

For more information, call Burke, (912) 443-3017, vburke@savannahtech.edu or Christina Seeger, enrollment and retention specialist, (912) 443-4798, cseeger@savannahtech.edu.

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