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Cobb County Public Safety Police Academy

Cobb County Police Academy

Rules, Regulations, and Instructor/Student Code of Conduct

All officers and civilians in attendance at any course taught at the Cobb County Public Safety Police Academy are expected to dress and conduct themselves professionally. Students will be dressed in appropriate attire. Officers will wear departmental Class A style uniforms or departmental approved training uniforms. Civilians will wear appropriate business casual attire and appropriate footwear. Unless otherwise instructed, denim jeans, shorts, athletic wear, to include sweat suits and stretch/yoga style pants, t-shirts, open-toe footwear and anything with inappropriate language or symbolism, as determined by academy staff, will not be allowed.

Visiting personal will be issued an Electronic "Proximity" Visitors Card granting them access to the facility's gated parking and controlled access areas.  If their issued card is lost or stolen, it is their responsibility to report this immediately to the staff.  This card will be returned to the staff, in good working order, at the completion of the class they are attending.  Failure to return the card will result in credit for the course being withheld until the cost of the card is covered.

The Academy will be accessed during normal working hours 0630-1600 hrs with the exception of prescheduled programs.  Students will not enter access controlled or administrative areas without staff approval. 

Certified LEO’s are authorized to be armed but all weapons must be carried in a holster that completely shrouds the trigger area.

The Cobb County Public Safety Police Academy course attendance requirements are consistent with Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) Uniform Academy Regulations, dated July 1, 2020.

  • Per paragraph 1.2.3, students shall not be absent for more than 5% of a State Mandated Training Course. The 5% regulation shall apply to high liability topics individually and shall be cumulative toward the entire course. High Liability topics are those topics which require a “specialized” instructor. Some examples of these topics are: Firearms, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Defensive Tactics, Judgmental Pistol Shooting, and Emergency Medical Training.
  • Per paragraph 1.2.4 a student shall be deemed absent for one hour if that student fails to report within fifteen minutes of the start of any hour of instruction, unless that student's absence has been excused by the academy director.
  • Per paragraph 10.1, students may not receive partial credit for refresher or in-service courses. To receive training credit, they must attend 90% of the entire course. An example of an in-service course is annual training.

CCPD Policy 6.02 states all sworn employees who attend training at a location inside the County, are required to have with them, at a minimum, a ballistic vest, portable radio, primary or secondary firearm, handcuffs, an extra magazine, and, if not in one of the Department uniforms, something that can easily identify them as a police officer (badge, police windbreaker, etc.), as well as their assigned county vehicle.

Laptops, cellphones, newspapers, etc., will not be used during class unless approved by the instructor.

Beverages are allowed in the classroom; however, the container must be covered with a sealable lid. Individual style snacks are also permitted provided they do not distract from the course or instruction.

 

Instructor / Student Code of Conduct

While attending training at the Cobb County Public Safety Police Training Academy, all students shall be governed by the policies, procedures, and guidelines set forth by the Training Academy and the Cobb County Police Department as it pertains to:

Conduct Between Students 

Contact between students shall be respectful and courteous at all times.

Conduct Between Students and Academy Staff

Courtesy and professionalism shall be extended at all times between the Academy staff and the student.

Conduct of the Student During an Investigation

Any student removed from class for any reason must report directly to the Academy Director or Deputy Academy Director. The student must have approval from the Academy Director or Deputy Academy Director to return to class.

Sexual and Other Forms of Unlawful Harassment

Sexual or any other form of unlawful harassment (i.e., threats, etc.) is prohibited and will not be tolerated as directed by the Cobb County Employee Handbook.

Hazing

Hazing is strictly prohibited by the Training Academy, by the students, as well as instructors. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of hazing is "an initiation process involving harassment."

Physical activity (not job or training related)

Any student choosing to participate in physical activity (weight training, basketball, walking, etc.) during official breaks, e.g., during lunch, shall be governed by the Department's rules and regulations in the event an injury occurs. Reckless or mischievous conduct is not allowed in the Training Academy.

Health & Safety Issues

It is the responsibility of the student and staff members to report any health or safety issues immediately to the Course Instructor or any Academy staff member for the purpose of correction.

Plagiarism & Copyright Infringement

No student shall inappropriately use information, materials, devices, sources, or aid another to complete academic activities. The materials distributed by the Cobb County Public Safety Police Training Academy are the property of the Cobb County Public Safety Police Training Academy and are not to be published, duplicated, or distributed without the consent of the Academy Director. Furthermore, no instructor shall present any material (as their own) without properly citing the source.

Appropriate & Inappropriate Behavior

All students and staff members shall conduct themselves in a manner that will not reflect negatively on themselves, the Cobb County Police Department, or their prospective employer.

Procedures for Reporting and Handling Violation of the Code of Conduct

Any student observing a violation of the code of conduct can report this violation to the Course Instructor, Academy Class Coordinator, or any other staff member. Reporting of the violation can be in writing or verbally, depending on the seriousness of the violation. Upon reporting, the protocol will be followed in regard to an investigation and notification of the student's employer.

Address

2435 East-West Connector, Austell GA 30106

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 3741 Tramore Pointe Pkwy, Austell, GA 30106. 770-349-8000

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Contact Us

For official use only. Communications coming from non-official phone numbers or personal email addresses will not be answered.

Phone: (770) 499-4100

Email: trainingrequest@cobbcounty.org

 

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COBB COUNTY POLICE OFFICERS ONLY

If you are a CCPD Officer you must submit a CCPD training request through your chain of command. Remember to update your profile if it does not reflect your badge number and correct okey number.

 

 

Click here to initiate your CCPD training request

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NON-COBB COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS ONLY

If you wish to enroll in a CCPD taught course, i.e. ITC, Radar Operator, Search Warrants and Affidavits, etc., you must complete the Outside Agency Training Request.

 

All requests must be initiated by the officer attending the training, who will also acknowledge the academy rules, regulations, and student code of ethics. When your request is processed you and your supervisor will receive confirmation of receipt and status. If there are no more vacancies you will be added to the wait list.

 

If the course is not taught by Cobb, a hosted course taught by organizations such as IPTM, Guardian, NTOA, PATC, etc., an outside agency training request is not required but you must register with the organization directly.

 

Courses taught by  GPSTC and hosted  here require you to register directly through GPSTC. Do not submit an outside agency training request to us.

 

Click here to submit an outside agency training request (Cobb taught courses only)

June 2024 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
6/3-6/7 0800-1700 Supervision I (40hr) CAM51G SGT Gosman   114B
6/3-6/7 0800-1700 Basic Investigations Course (40hr) ABI17G SGT Harder   2
6/6 1300-1400 Narcan Training (Required training to be issued Narcan)- IXM18G (Open to CCPD Officers Only) MedOps   Auditorium
6/10-6/14 0800-1700 PATC-Hostage Negotiations and Crisis Intervention, Phase I and II B Pierpoint $650 1
6/11-6/13 0800-1700

IACP \ VALOR Law Enforcement Officer Resilience Training Program (24hr) NGW32G

W Edwards / A Oden

  114A/B
6/17-6/18 0800-1700 PATC-Investigating and Tracking Cyber Predators and Online Child Abuse Material Cancelled    
6/24-6/26 0800-1700 PATC-Advanced Child Abuse and Child Death  A Seamans $425 1

June Course Descriptions

Supervision I

This introductory course is intended for first-line supervisors, but suitable for all public safety employees who demonstrate supervisory potential. Topics include supervisory roles and responsibilities, managing civil liability, organization, planning, critical incidents for front-line Supervisors, and performance management and evaluations, to name a few.

The course was developed based on Cobb County Police Policy and operating procedures; however, other agencies are welcome to attend.

Cobb County PD officers are required to complete this course to be eligible to compete in the promotional process.

Hostage Negotiations and Crisis Intervention, Phase I and II

Outside agencies must register directly through PATChttps://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/w/seminars/178-hostage-negotiations-and-crisis-intervention-phase-i-and-ii-pierpoint/511

Please be aware that this class is a 40-hour training. Therefore, the first four (4) days of training will be 8am-4pm local time. The last day will be 8am-12pm local time. The remaining hours will be made of the tested portion of the training.

Introduction/Orientation: This opening block of instruction includes instructor and class self-introductions and an overview of the class curriculum, historical context of negotiations, provided materials and suggested readings. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture format.

Required/Suggested Equipment: This block of instruction is intended to make the student aware of the required equipment that is necessary on any hostage or barricaded response. It will also serve to alert commanders of what equipment is available. The equipment presented includes the hostage phone (demonstrated in Phase 2 of P.A.T.C. training), response vehicles, ballistic equipment, identifying raid jackets/hats, fiber optic cameras and listening devices, department radio tactical channels, amongst others. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture and power point format.

Fundamentals of Hostage Negotiation: Students will receive general theoretical concepts on hostage negotiations that include the three different types of response incidents, the reason law enforcement agencies negotiate, emotion verses rationality, managing an incident, profiles of hostage-takers and hostages, negotiator selection, time management; amongst others. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture and power point and video format.

Active Listening: Students will receive information on listening techniques used in hostage or crisis negotiations. They will understand the basic concepts of actively listening and restating or paraphrasing what they heard in their own words, confirming that they heard and understood the message being stated. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture and power point and video format.

Mental Health for Negotiators: This component of the training addresses the psychological aspects of crisis negotiation. It will address irrational and inappropriate behavior and will give an overview of the differing personality disorders and mental illnesses that negotiators are most likely to encounter. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Bunches of 5: Students will be participating in building material to take home with them to their agencies. Students will brainstorm and create preplanned responses to anticipated concerns or demands.

Suicide: Students will be introduced to the common driving emotions driving suicidal individuals. The characteristics of major depressive disorder will be presented. Suicide risk assessment will also be covered.

Situation boards: This block will teach students how to manage information and intelligence during an incident. Students will learn the importance of correctly transposing incoming information. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

NOC Protocol: This block will assist in students arranging their Negotiations Operations Command. Students will learn the functions of all team members, and the importance of information sharing. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Third Party Intermediaries: Students will be instructed on the considerations for using a TPI, and how a TPI can be used correctly. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Tactical Role of the Negotiator: This block of instruction will address the role of tactical teams in a hostage situation response. It will examine the interagency cooperation that is required between tactical teams, negotiators, and incident commanders. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Managing Demands: This block of instruction will examine strategies of managing hostage-taker demands and demands that are never negotiable in any hostage situation. The student will be presented with various tactics to soften demands or reframe them. This block will also explore working through hostage-taker deadlines. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Stress Management: The student will be made to understand the effects of stress on the hostage-taker, the hostages and the negotiator and develop strategies in stress management. They will explore the correlation between stress and performance (Yerkes-Dodson Principle) and become aware of the consequences of not managing stress appropriately. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

THIS IS A 40 HOUR COURSE:

Students are given homework assignments to complete in the evenings. These assignments include review of case law, review of current incidents, and scripting of scenarios. Discussion will be held daily over case law and current incidents. Scenarios will be used throughout the week for practical application. These assignments will combine for the 5 hours of absence in the weekly schedule.

Law Enforcement Agency and Officer Resilience Training Program

Police work is physically and mentally demanding. To protect the communities they serve, police officers must receive the tools and resources they need to protect their own health and safety. One tool that police agencies can use to support officer health and wellness is resilience training. Resilience is the capacity to prepare for, recover from, and adapt to stress and adversity.

The IACP, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and the BJA VALOR Initiative, has customized a program designed to help officers and agencies enhance their resilience skills. The program, based on the Penn Resilience Program, equips individuals with skills that can be immediately applied to everyday life.

The training includes a set of empirically validated skills that can strengthen one’s ability to overcome adversity and challenges, manage stress, maintain peak performance, and thrive in their personal and professional life. The skills are divided into three core themes:

Mind skills harness thinking to drive productive emotions, reactions, and physiology.

Energy skills regulate energy and maintain vitality.

Connection skills strengthen professional and personal relationships.

Training Program Overview

The Law Enforcement Agency and Officer Resilience Training Program is a three-day, interactive training with role plays, videos, and discussions. Program attendees include sworn personnel from all ranks as well as dispatchers. Trainings are held regionally and accommodate a select number of attendees per agency.

Focus areas include:

  • Learned Optimism
  • Real-Time Resilience
  • Signature Character Strengths
  • Deliberate Breathing
  • Managing Difficult Conversations

By the end of this course, attendees will have a set of strategies and tools to call upon when managing stress, overcoming challenges, and adapting to adversity.

PATC-Investigating and Tracking Cyber Predators and Online Child Abuse Material

Outside agencies must register directly through PATC: https://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/checkout

Course Overview: The cyber predator never sleeps and is constantly advancing with technology. Internet crimes against children are among the most under-reported and rapidly growing types of crimes.

This is an intense course that provides practical knowledge and skills to investigate and successfully prosecute cyber predators and child abuse material crimes. This course is packed with case studies and examples. This is a hands-on course, and it is recommended that participants bring a PC-based laptop, although it is not mandatory.

Participants will be able to:

Understand and define the basic terms related to investigating child abuse materials and crimes, including cyber predators.

Understand and explain IP addresses.

Including dark web and virtual private networks (VPNs)

Understand the dark web and how it is connected to child abuse materials.

Learn about statistics and how child abuse materials are connected to other crimes, including organized crime.

Describe the links between social networking sites and the acceleration of child abuse material.

Telegram, Omegle, and more. 

Chat investigations.

Understand how predators locate and groom children.

Learn how Covid-19 increased the spread of online child abuse and child abuse materials.

Understand the role of sextortion and online gaming platforms.

Examine the market for child abuse materials.

Employ specific techniques and evolving tactics for successful cyber investigations.

Learn how to intercept child abuse material digital evidence.

Identify and confirm child abuse materials online.

Learn the importance of securing metadata when intercepting evidence.

Search and seizure protocols for child abuse materials.

Seizing both electronic and physical evidence.

Investigate both the cyber crime scene and the physical crime scene in increase prosecution.

Understand the challenges created by cell phones and sexting.

How to conduct peer-to-peer (P2P) investigations.

Proactive chat investigations. 

PATC-Advanced Child Abuse and Child Death

Outside agencies must register directly through PATC: 

https://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/checkout

Child abuse and child death cases continue to rise at alarming rates across the United States. There are unique challenges to the successful arrest and prosecution of suspects who commit these horrendous acts.

This class is designed for both patrol officers and investigators and addresses several aspects of child abuse and death investigations. This class includes recognizing patterns of abuse, injury identification, interviewing the child victim, offender profiling, and aspects of sexual assault on children. Throughout the class, several case studies will be presented that illustrate the various aspects of an investigation.

Students will also be provided with a death scene checklist that will assist them in obtaining vital information in the first few hours of a child's death investigation. Many of the investigative techniques offered in this course are based on the behavior of the child and of the abuser.

These techniques, as well as the methods presented in this course, can better prepare those to properly respond to allegations of child abuse, identify victims of child abuse, and present proper evidence documentation for cases that involve child abuse and neglect.

Topics Covered:

• Recognizing Injury Patterns

• The Difference Between Accident & Abuse

• Methods of Documentation

• Interviewing Child Victims

• Interviewing Suspects

• Investigating Child Sexual Assault

• Identifying the Mindset of Serial Child Killers

• Understanding Aspects of Child Development

Basic Investigations Course

This course is designed for personnel who are newly assigned, or may be assigned, to perform criminal investigations. Instructional blocks include Physical Evidence, Legal Aspects, Case File Preparation, Interviews and Interrogations, Sex Crimes, Crimes Against Children, and the Trial Process.

July 2024 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
7/1-7/5 0800-1700 Advanced Firearms (32hr) CAK01F (Limited to 10 Students) (Due to the holiday, training will be conducted Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri) (Class is full) W Butler   Range
7/8-7/12 0800-1700

PATC-New Detective and Criminal Investigator

P Villaverde, T Tittle

$595 1
7/15-7/17 0800-1700 PATC-Investigating Basic Sex Crimes T Tittle $425 114B
7/17-7/19 0800-1700 PATC-Response Search and Recovery of Missing and Abducted Children W Sheppard $375 1
7/22 0830-1630 Cellular to Cellblock: Leveraging Cell Tower Dumps and
Geofencing for Criminal Apprehension
Covert Media Consulting $250 per student
$225 groups 3 or more
114B
7/25 0800-1700 Remedial Driver Training – 8hrs (Remedial Driver Training for Cobb County Public Safety Employees Only) SGT Gosman   EVOC
           
           
           

July Course Descriptions

PATC-New Detective and Criminal Investigator

Outside agencies must register directly through PATC:

https://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/checkout

This course is a comprehensive INTRODUCTORY LEVEL overview for the law enforcement officer who has recently the crucial task of conducting supplemental investigations of suspected criminal offenses. During this course the student will also be exposed to various injury, death, homicide and sexually sensitive and explicit sexual battery cases. Also included in this course will be several post-mortem examination photographs and videotape segments, as well as injury, death and homicide scenes through photos and videotapes from actual closed cases. This part of the course will be VERY GRAPHIC AND INTENSE.

Conducting supplemental investigations of suspected criminal offenses requires the assigned law enforcement investigator to possess a high degree of investigative expertise, skills, and the knowledge necessary to bring the case to a successful conclusion. Today, numerous professionals from different disciplines, need to have the tools to conduct professional and thorough investigations.

These disciplines include, but are not limited to:

  • All law enforcement and support personnel and police laboratory personnel
  • Forensic anthropologists, forensic odontologists, forensic botanists
  • Social services/protective investigators
  • Prosecuting attorneys, agency attorneys
  • Medical and healthcare providers
  • EMT’s, firefighters, paramedics, EMS first responders
  • Medical examiners, coroners, forensic pathologists, medical examiner/coroner investigators
  • School personnel and others that find themselves involved in these investigations in one way or another.

Therefore, it is imperative that every one of these professionals engage in joint training on a regular basis so EVERY ounce of collective energy can be funneled in the victim’s direction for a successful resolution. Today, more than ever before, we must work together to ensure that all investigative measures are completed properly.

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will have acquired a comprehensive understanding and will accordingly possess the specialized knowledge and skills, needed to conduct a thorough and meticulous investigation concerning suspected criminal activity.

PATC-Investigating Basic Sex Crimes

Outside agencies must register directly through PATC:

https://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/checkout

This class is directed towards prosecutors, rape crisis and social workers, mental health counselors, and specifically the law enforcement officer. The attendee will gain insight into sexual behaviors through the examination of, (but not limited to): victim/witness interviews (child & adult), motivations, survey studies, statistical data and suspect analysis. Theories and trend projections will also be explored.

This course of study is a comprehensive overview for the participant for the entry into the investigative field of deviant sexual behavior. Furthermore, this will prepare the student to give basic public presentations and discussions on the topic. For investigations in this field, the Investigating Officer must have a(n):

Understanding Of Good Communication Skills

  • What a Good Interviewer Asks/Seeks
  • Ability to Link Up with the Victim
  • Sensitivity to the Situation
  • “Specific” Questions to Ask
  • Review/Assessment of Selective Questions/Statements for “Truths”

Insight Of A Sex Offender’s Behavior

  • Ability to “Examine” the Scene
  • Statistical Data
  • Classifications
  • “Psychology” of the Sex Offender
  • Juvenile Offenders

Knowledge Of Sex Crimes

  • Criminal vs. Non-Criminal
  • Motivational Factors
  • Victim Reactions
  • Exposure/Overview of Selected Cases
  • Investigative Concepts

Upon Completion:

  • Working Knowledge of Sexual Terminology.
  • Insight to Develop Investigative Strategies for Victims and Suspects.
  • Have Advanced Knowledge of Sexual Behaviors.
  • Examine Data and Statistics for Clearer Understanding of Why? and How?
  • Historical Aspects, Beliefs and Origins of Sex Terms and Practices.
  • Enable the Student to Develop a Knowledgeable Presentation to Civic Groups.
  • Understand Aspects of Victimized Children and Rapport Building.
  • Receive a Student Study Guide with the Information Covered During the Class.
  • Exposure to Theories and Statements from Mental Health Professionals/Counselors.

All outside agency officers must register directly through PATC.

Remedial Driver Training

This is a remedial driver’s course for Public Safety Personnel. The course addresses bad driving habits to avoid and common mistakes performed by Public Safety employees. This course is tentatively approved by Risk Management to replace the County’s Remedial Driver’s Safety Course. To attend, the employee must have a county vehicle he/she normally drives while on duty.

Advanced Firearms

Given the increasing number of officer involved shootings across the country, it is imperative officers are trained  to win violent encounters while protecting the public and themselves. This course is designed to make officers with better than average weapon skills become better. Students will receive training on handgun, rifle, and transitions between weapon platforms. Students will train on various shooting positions and techniques directly related to combat marksmanship. At the end of the course, students must demonstrate their proficiency by completing a performance drill in less than three minutes.

Prerequisites: Any officer requesting selection for this course must be preapproved by the range staff. Officers will be required to score 90% or higher on the Georgia Semi-Automatic Pistol Course on the first day of the class, using their department issued pistol without the aid of electronic sights.

Cellular to Cellblock: Leveraging Cell Tower Dumps and Geofencing for Criminal Apprehension

This one day course is designed to provide law enforcement officers with the skills and knowledge needed to conduct effective geofence investigations. A geofence is a virtual boundary created around a geographical location using Google ‘Geofence’ and Cellular ‘Tower Dump’ technology. Geofencing has become an essential tool for law enforcement agencies in investigating and solving crimes.

In this course, law enforcement officers will learn how to utilize geofencing technology to investigate crimes that have occurred in a specific geographic area. They will be introduced to the fundamental principles of geofencing technology, including how to create geofences, how to analyze geofence data, and how to interpret and visualize geofence information. They will also learn how to use geofencing technology in combination with other investigative tools and techniques to solve complex criminal cases.

The course will cover the following topics:
• Introduction to geofencing technology
• Types of geofencing technology
• Creating geofences and analyzing geofence data
• Principles of a ‘Geofence’ and Cellular ‘Tower Dump’ warrants
• Electronic data from Geofence warrants
• Advanced cellular “Tower Dumps”
• AT&T NELOs based geofence
• T-Mobile Timing Advance or Time Distance of Arrival (Geofence) Search
• Legal considerations for geofencing
• Integrating geofencing technology with other investigative tools and techniques
• Case studies and practical applications of geofencing technology in law
     enforcement


By the end of this course, law enforcement officers will have a comprehensive
understanding of geofencing technology and how to use it effectively in their
investigations. They will be able to apply the knowledge and skills gained in this course to
their daily work, enabling them to solve cases more efficiently and effectively.

It is highly recommended that students bring a laptop with a mouse to the course to follow along. We also recommend  that students download Google Earth Pro (free) before attending.

Outside agencies must register for this training directly with Covert Media Consulting : https://covertmediaconsulting.regfox.com/geoinv-austell-ga-july-2024

 

 

PATC-Response, Search and Recovery of Missing and Abducted Children

Outside agencies must register directly through PATC:

https://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/checkout

Please be aware that this is a 2.5 day class.  The class will begin at 8:00am and end at 4:00pm.  The last day will end at Noon. 

Law enforcements agencies are tasked to respond to and effectively investigative reports of missing children incidents. The ability of an agency to timely deploy the appropriate investigative and search resources is of paramount importance in the successful recovery of missing or abducted children. However, understanding that many law enforcement agencies have limited resources, those agencies must seek out assistance from other law enforcement agencies and supporting disciplines to enhance those investigative and search/recovery efforts. This 2 ½ day course of instruction will provide the participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance that response. An in-depth look at both criminal and civil remedies that law enforcement can utilize will be covered. Moreover, direct steps to establish tried and true investigative measures, to include the framework of task force creation and implementation will be provided. Through scenario-based training, the participants will take part in reviewing case studies, participate in missing or abducted children practicums and through work groups, assist in identifying the strengths and weaknesses in an agency’s response to missing and abducted children incidents. Additionally, the participants will identify and utilize additional resources to strengthen an agency’s missing child response. Additionally, field interview and assessment guides will be provided to each participant. To enhance the participant’s knowledge and skill set, this course of instruction will cover the information in the modules listed below.

Scope and Scale of Missing and Abducted Children Issues:  How many children go missing or are abducted in the United States? Do the numbers justify a planned response from a multi-agency perspective? In this module the participants will be provided statistical data on missing and abducted children that will clearly support the need for not only a planned response, but a response that must be timely to safely recover a child at risk. By examining the numbers, the proper foundation will be provided in which to build a multi-agency response.

Society’s Expectations of Law Enforcement:  Never before has law enforcement’s efforts in its many facets of policing have come under such heavy scrutiny by the public at large. Accountability by an agency and its officers are at the forefront. In matters pertaining to missing or abducted children, the public demands that law enforcement bring to bear all available resources to safely recover a missing or abducted child. Anything less will be unacceptable.

Categories of Missing Children:   A child goes missing. A child is lost. A child has been abducted at the hands of a stranger. A child has been seduced on-line. A child decides to voluntarily leave home. What are the risks associated with the disappearance? What would be an appropriate response to locate the child? In this module, the participants will closely exam the dynamics of each category with an emphasis on risk and lethality associated with disappearance.

Multi-Disciplinary Response: A law enforcement agency is truly “just a phone call away” from being called to the task of safely recovering a missing or abducted child. The demand for its resources will be put to the test. Time and money will be expended as efforts are brought to bear to locate the child. In this module the participants will be provided with the investigative response and the distinct and separate search and recovery measures that must be done contemporaneously to recover the missing child.

Missing Children with Special Needs: Elopement! Wandering! Verbal or non-verbal. Containment! These terms are indeed common language in the world of special needs children. However, these terms are very foreign to law enforcement officers and emergency medical services personnel. Without a doubt, when a child with special needs goes missing, it will require a unique response from both law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel. In this module, the participants will take a critical look at the proclivities of these children and the necessary steps to be taken to safely recover these children. Through the employment of response and search and recovery guides, the participants will be provided with the necessary measures to be taken for a successful outcome.

Search and Rescue Measures:   Law enforcement agencies’ officers’ primarily response to and investigate incidents of missing or abducted children. This course provides for those “investigative” measures. However, there is a separate and distinct difference in an “investigative step” and a “search measure.”  This module will focus on the differentiation between the two measures and the need for collaboration and cooperation between those responding personnel. Additionally, the participants will be provided with specialized resources and field guides to enhance these efforts in recovering a missing child.

Agency Policy and Procedures on Missing and Abducted Children:  In this module, the participants will consider the need for their respective agency to have a departmental policy that will serve as the foundation from which the agency will respond and investigate incidents of missing and abducted children. Moreover, the participants will clearly see the need for an agency to provide standardized operating procedures for its personnel who are conducting that response. Using pre-incident planning, the participants will identify the need for a multi-disciplinary response and what resources are available to assist in that response.

Assessing Your Agency’s Response:  Through the use of work groups, the course will culminate with the participants identifying an agency’s strengths and weaknesses in its response to missing and abducted children incidents. By utilizing an agency self-assessment instrument, the participants will identify those strengths and weaknesses and then recommend strategies to fill in those response gaps.

Course Review and Conclusion:  An important component of this course of instruction will be a question-and-answer session between the participants and the instructor pertaining to what are the “next steps” to be taken to ensure the implementation of a comprehensive response to missing and abducted children.

Case Reviews:  Throughout the course of instruction, the participants will review cases, inclusive of actual missing and abducted children incidents to augment the lecture portion of this course. Additionally, multiple handouts and field guides will be provided to each participant.

August 2024 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
8/5-8/6 0800-1700 Search Warrants and Affidavits (16hr) CAJ02G (Class is full) SGT Denson   2
8/5-8/7 0800-1700 PATC-Trauma Informed Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence A Weekes $425 114B
8/12-8/16 0800-1600 PATC-Death and Homicide Investigation W Sheppard $595 1
8/19-8/21 0800-1700 Crime Scene Processing (24hr) CAG02G SGT Grimstead   1, Crime Lab, Tactical Village
           
           
           

August Course Descriptions

Search Warrants and Affidavits

This course familiarizes the student with an overview of search and seizure, based on the Fourth Amendment, and the legal requirements for obtaining and executing search warrants. Required for Advanced Certification.

Death and Homicide Investigation

Outside agencies must register directly through PATC:

https://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/checkout

This program will focus on the historical perspective of violent crime analysis and the importance of applying a criminal investigative assessment process to violent crime investigations. The participants will review case studies of offenders to enhance their understanding of the motivating factors of the offenders and then apply the acquired knowledge in conducting crime scene assessments. The course will culminate in case practicums in order for the participants to demonstrate their proficiency.

This intensive training module is for anyone who will be responding to death scenes; including patrol officers, detectives, supervisors, medical examiner investigators, and lab personnel. This class will provide the information, knowledge and skills necessary to investigate and interpret homicide and questioned death scenes. Through the use of lecture, case history and photo and video demonstrations, attendees will be provided the basic skills of homicide and questioned death scene investigations; to include bloodstain pattern recognition, ballistics and trajectory as evidence, scenes involving self inflicted deaths, scenes involving child deaths, scenes involving domestic violence related homicides, key objectives for presenting cases in court, and some of the technology available for obtaining and displaying information.


This course is different from a basic crime scene investigation course, in that instruction will highlight the specific evidence that should be observed and documented in each particular death scene. Emphasis will be placed on specific observations to be made and documented, as well as specific evidence needed by the medical examiner and the lead homicide detective for inclusion in the case files. Instruction will include the proper collection of data and appropriate measurements for proper case documentation and subsequent event reconstruction. Techniques for preparing for court testimony will also be covered.

Criminal Investigative Assessment Process- A Historical Perspective: Participants will consider the origins of behavioral analysis of violent crime and the research efforts that served to formalize the assessment process.

Criminal Investigative Assessment - Application to Violent Crime: Participants will be provided an in-depth look at the criminal assessment process with a focus on crime scene dynamics and the application of Victimology to establish the behavioral traits of offenders. The participants will then consider how the crime scene assessment process assists law enforcement officers with the formulation of investigative strategies, interview strategies and trail strategies.

Assessing Reflective Behaviors in Crime Scene: Interactions between victims and offenders can hold a slew of clues for law enforcement investigators.  By assessing those reflective crime behaviors in stages, investigators are provided a clear picture of not only “what” happened, but most importantly “why” it happened.  Achieving an understanding of “why” it happened moves the investigator ever so closer as to “who” committed the crime.

Sexual Deviancy- A Laypersons Understanding of the Role it Plays in Crime Analysis: The presence of sexually related behaviors in violent crimes must be considered and properly weighed by investigators when conducting crime assessments. The participants will be provided an overview of various deviant behaviors and how it affects investigative measures, to include search warrant considerations.

Offender Dichotomies: A vital component to the crime scene assessment process is the consideration of existing dichotomies of offenders. Participants will consider the characteristics of organized and disorganized offenders and why recognizing those reflective behaviors will assist in focusing the investigation.

The Role of Fantasy in Violent Crimes: In many cases, particularly crimes with a sexual component, the acting out by an offender towards an unsuspecting victim is influenced by an offender acting out his or her fantasies. Participants will focus on the role of fantasy in violent crime to include its presence prior to the crime, during the crime, and after the commission of the crime.

Offender Typologies: Participants will be provided an in-depth look at various offenders that exhibit recognizable patterns of behavior at crime scenes. Additionally, the participants will focus on the crime scene dynamics, homicidal patterns, and suspect profiles of the offenders as part of the crime scene assessment process.

Equivocal Death Investigations: This session focuses on the criminal investigative process and the application of Victimology to move the status of a death investigation from the unknown to the known, thereby providing case resolution. Participants will consider case illustrations and participate in case practicums.

Paralogical Reasoning System: The influence of emotion and cognition on the functioning of an offender will be considered in this session. The participants will then consider how to use an offender’s rationale as a means to gain admissions or confessions to violent crimes.

Case Exercises: The course of instruction will culminate with the participants participating in case exercises encompassing the crime scene assessment process.

Crime Scene Processing

This course is designed for personnel who investigate crime scenes or process physical evidence. Topics include the application of forensic science to crime scene investigation, concepts of evidence, initial response to crime scenes, crime scene methodology, notes and reports, crime scene assessment, alternate light sources, fingerprint evidence, deoxyribonucleic acid and trace evidence, crime scene photography, bloodstain evidence, crime scene sketching and forensic mapping, impression evidence, and the body as a crime scene. Required for Advanced Certification.

This course is designed to help professionals understand the impact trauma has on victims in the context of sexual assault. These crimes can be difficult to investigate because often we misinterpret the response we see while working with victims. We are trained as law enforcement professionals to detect deception and follow-up when we find inconsistencies during our investigation. This course is designed for professionals and service providers who work with trauma victims, conduct interviews, and investigate these cases. The goal is to provide a better understanding of the brain science that supports common reactions trauma victims experience.

Course topics:

* Define trauma and the areas of the of the brain that are affected

* Identifying the trauma responses after an event

* Discussing common misconceptions that lead to victim blaming

* Looking at the brain response with the Defense Circuitry takes over

* Understanding how memories are encoded during a traumatic event

* Apply strategies for working with victims impacted by trauma.

September 2024 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
9/3-9/5 0800-1700 PATC-Human Trafficking Investigations T Tundidor $425 1
9/3-9/13 0800-1700 Firearms IT (80hr) SIF16F (Limited to 10 students) R Johnson   Range
9/9-9/10 0800-1700 PATC-Child Death and Homicide Investigation William Ralston III $425 114B
9/9-9/11 0800-1700 Tactical Diffusion Strategies (24hr) AYJ05G GPSTC   2, Tac Village
9/9-9/13 0800-1700 FTO Course (40hr) SAQ09G SGT Reid   1
9/16-9/20 0800-1700 Interviews and Interrogations (40hr) CAI03G (Class is full) SGT Twiggs   2
9/16-9/27 0800-1700 Use of Force Instructor (80hr) SIM17G GPSTC   1, Tac Village
9/17-9/19 0800-1700 PATC-Basic Criminal Investigation for Street Patrol and New Criminal Investigators T Randall $425 114B
9/25-9/27 0800-1700 PATC-Domestic Violence and Homicide Investigations W Sheppard $425 2
9/30-10/4 0800-1700 Supervision I (40hr)  CAM15G SGT Gosman   114B
           
           
           
           
           

September Course Descriptions

Supervision I

This introductory course is intended for first-line supervisors, but suitable for all public safety employees who demonstrate supervisory potential. Topics include supervisory roles and responsibilities, managing civil liability, organization, planning, critical incidents for front-line Supervisors, and performance management and evaluations, to name a few.

The course was developed based on Cobb County Police Policy and operating procedures; however, other agencies are welcome to attend.

Cobb County PD officers are required to complete this course to be eligible to compete in the promotional process.

Human Trafficking Investigations

Human trafficking exists in the United States and can be considered Modern Day Slavery. Worldwide, it is a $150 billion criminal industry and it is found in every state of the United States. As many as 300,000 children in the US are at risk for sexual exploitation on a yearly basis.

Law Enforcement Officers may encounter a human trafficking operation during the course of their duties: during a traffic stop, during a police raid or even through a walk-in complaint. These situations often lead to the rescue of a human trafficking victim.

This course will provide attendees with an understanding of:

  • Basic education of how to identify Human Trafficking
  • Characteristics of victims and perpetrators
  • Mechanism of operations, and assessments of trends
  • Case studies
  • Investigative techniques and trends
  • Insight into undercover Human Trafficking/Vice operations
  • How these type of investigations crossover with internet crimes against children and traveler cases
  • Obstacles law enforcement officials must overcome
  • Substantial legal, cultural, and organizational barriers while investigating and prosecuting trafficking cases 

All outside agency officers must register directly through PATC: https://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/checkout#/cart

FTO Course

The Field Training Officer Program combines on-the-job instruction with objective evaluation and documentation, thereby enabling students to use this selection process within their own department. Although the course is open to any certified law enforcement officer, to apply for certification you must have three years of law enforcement experience (two years with present department).

Interviews and Interrogations

This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of interviews and interrogations. Topics include the following: Methodology, Elements of an Interview, Behavior Symptom Analysis, and Elements of an Interrogation. This course is required for Advanced Certification.

Firearms IT

The Firearms Instructor Training Course is designed to develop qualified firearms instructors who can manage and conduct firearms training programs. Officers will be trained in contemporary firearms techniques, equipment, and accessories and will participate in a variety of combat shooting drills including drawing techniques, safe loading and unloading procedures, proper use of cover, immediate actions, engagement of multiple targets, and a variety of other shooting problems. Subject matter will include: safety, range operation, ballistics, instructor liability, and semi-automatic pistols. At the end of this course, officer/instructors will be able to manage and conduct firearms training to officers at the agency and academy level.  The course will enhance the officer/instructor’s skills and will also aid in teaching techniques that will assist the officer/instructor with firearms instruction.

Prerequisites

Officers must be Certified and Sworn Law Enforcement and possess a POST General Instructor Certification. Officers will be required to score 90% or higher on the Georgia Semi-Automatic Pistol Course on the first day of the class. Officers will also be required to score 95% or higher on the Georgia Semi-Automatic Pistol Course on the last day of week 1, as well as a written comprehensive examination, before proceeding to week 2. Officers will only be allowed two attempts to meet weapons qualification scores. Outside agency applicants must bring 800 rds of ammunition for their department issued pistol.

Tactical Diffusion Strategies

This course is designed to provide the student with the latest theories in verbal communication and situational de-escalation techniques. Topics of instruction include a review of the legal considerations for use of force situations and basic concepts of verbal communication and control. This course provides extensive scenario-based training that allows students an ample opportunity to employ the techniques taught.

Student must bring duty gear (minus firearm, ammo, OC Spray, Baton, TASER), comfortable clothes, sunscreen, and water bottle.

This course is recognized by POST as equivalent to Verbal Judo and Verbal De-escalation and Influence for purposes of the POST Intermediate Certification.

This course is hosted by CCPD Academy but taught by GPSTC instructors. All outside agencies must register for this course through your agency’s  GPSTC training coordinator. Do not submit an outside agency training request because it will not get processed.

Use of Force Instructor

Prerequisites: Must be employed with a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency. Must possess POST General Instructor Certification or equivalent. Although this course is being hosted at the Cobb Police Academy, it is taught by instructors from GPSTC and all students must be registered by their agency GPSTC coordinator.

This course is designed to give the students the knowledge and skills necessary to design, develop, and implement use of force training using static, dynamic, and interactive training. The course will provide these law enforcement professionals with the principles of use of force, ideas on use of force training, and the overview needed to assist in the evaluation of officer-involved use of force incidents. Focus will be on use of force issues that correlate with the Fourth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, and Eighth Amendment.

This course is a combination of lecture and practical activity; however, this course is not "tactic" based. It's primary design is to expose the student to the decision-making process of using reasonable force in necessary situations and how to articulate the force option used after the incident takes place.

Training Outcomes

To teach instructors how to design, develop, and implement use of force training based on state and federal statutes, U.S. Constitution, Graham v. Connor (1989), Tennessee v. Garner (1985), Scott v. Harris (2007), Whitten v Wooten (2008), and Whitley v Albers (1986).

Special Notes

Student should bring appropriate clothing for scenario based training, rain gear, ball cap, eye protection, and groin protection. Student must have department-issued duty gear (excluding firearm, ammo, OC Spray, Baton, TASER), handcuffs with key, and body armor. Student must be able to participate in intensive training that may be outdoors and in inclement weather.

PATC-Child Death and Homicide Investigation

Outside agencies must register directly with PATC:

 https://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/checkout

This two day course is a comprehensive overview of the unique approach utilized in the investigation of injury and deaths involving children. Topics to be covered in depth include natural disease, accidental injuries, and child physical abuse.

The investigator will learn the common presentations and scene findings in cases in sudden natural deaths including infectious diseases and inherited conditions. Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy will be covered in depth, with emphasis on important interview questions, scene investigations, and autopsy findings. The investigator will learn to differentiate common accidental patterns of injury from injuries inflicted by caregivers. The investigator will be introduced to common patterns of accidental and inflicted injuries unique to the pediatric age group including head injuries, abdominal injuries, and skeletal injuries. Other topics to be covered in depth include neonaticide (the killing of a newborn infant) – in this segment, unique perpetrator characteristics and investigative procedures will be emphasized. Findings in cases of stranger-abduction homicide will be presented. Factitious illness, also known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy will be explained and illustrated. Common natural diseases and conditions that may be mistaken for abuse will be illustrated. Common scene findings, victim age ranges and characteristics, and perpetrator characteristics and behaviors for the various age ranges and causes of death will be highlighted and compared. The information will be taught through visual presentation of cases, including scene findings, and autopsy findings.

At the conclusion of the course, the investigator will:

Know common causes of death in infants, toddlers, and older children

Be able to differentiate common accidental injury patterns from inflicted injury patterns

Recognize natural conditions that may be mistaken for abuse

Be familiar with common victim and perpetrator characteristics in the most common causes of death from inflicted injury

Recognize “recurring themes” and findings in neonaticide and factitious illness

Identify scene investigative techniques unique to the pediatric age range

Be familiar with victim and perpetrator characteristics in the most common causes of death in each unique age group

Understand the complexity and specificity that pediatric death investigation requires

This course is taught from medical examiner case material, and as such, is very graphic. Professionals who may benefit from this in-depth intense study include law enforcement investigators, attorneys involved in criminal investigations involving children, social workers, pediatricians, emergency medical personnel, death investigators, and pathologists.

PATC-Domestic Violence and Homicide Investigations

Outside agencies must register directly through PATC:

https://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/checkout

Incidents of “Domestic Violence” occurs in every walk of life. Regardless of race, gender, social economic status, etcetera, domestic violence is found in the very fabric of society. The behavior can be isolative or a continuum of abuse. The abuse can be in the form of emotional, physical, sexual, financial, or other forms of abusive behavior. Inherent in domestic violence incidents is the potential for escalation of the abusive behavior resulting in criminal homicide.

Police professionals, tasked with responding to incidents of domestic violence, are at times faced with having to deescalate the incident, to investigating the complexities surrounding the abusive behavior. Those police professionals are directly positioned to break the “cycle of abuse” through those measures that are required to thoroughly investigate these domestic violence incidents.

This course is designed to provide the participants with an in-depth look at the “cause and effect” surrounding domestic violence and homicide and the necessary investigative measures that must be taken to stop the “cycle of abuse” and hold those criminal culpable for violations criminal law. Participants will be provided with strategies to assist them in their investigations of domestic violence. Additionally, participants will be provided key legislation surrounding domestic violence and the additional resources necessary to assist the victims in these abusive situations.

To accomplish the course objectives, the following topics will be covered in this course of instruction:

  • Defining the Issue
  • Type of Domestic Violence
  • Prevalence Rates of Domestic Violence
  • Covid -19 Effects on Domestic Violence
  • Key Legislation Surrounding Domestic Violence
  • Underlying Crimes in Domestic Violence
  • Victimization Issues
  • Identifying Those Who Offend
  • Investigating the “Cause and Effect” of Domestic Violence Escalating Behavior Leading to Homicide
  • Officer Safety Issues in Incidents of Domestic Violence
  • Interview Approaches for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Strategies for Interviewing Offenders of Domestic Violence
  • Masked Criminal Behavior - Removing the Mask
  • Breaking the “Cycle of Violence”
  • Prevention Measures Through a Multidisciplinary Response
  • Identification and Utilization of Resources to Combat Domestic Violence

PATC-Basic Criminal Investigation for Street Patrol and New Criminal Investigators 

Outside agencies must register directly through PATC:

https://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/checkout

This course is designed for new investigators and patrol officers. The course provides a basic foundation of information and knowledge on the basic tools and skills necessary for a criminal investigation.

Rules of Evidence - Making mistakes is the number one reason cases are lost. When you go to trial, the defendant is never the one on trial. What is on trial is your and you case. This section will cover how to avoid the mistakes we make.

Search and Seizure - Expectation of privacy, 7 exceptions to a search warrant, motor vehicle searches, Terry searches, home searches.

Search Warrants - How to write a search warrant, elements of a search warrant, probable cause affidavit, reasonable particularity requirement, curtilage, good faith, return of service and search warrant examples.

Crime Scene Management - Your crime scene can be one of the most important elements of your case. This section will cover how to manage a crime scene to make sure everything gets done, everything gets done correctly and everything is documented.

Analyzing Evidence – At a crime scene how do you know what is evidence, what do you collect and what do you process. This section will better understand what evidence is and how it can benefit your case.

Follow-up Investigation – Interviews, Records checks, crime reconstruction, crime timeline, case check list, case notes, digital evidence, proving the element of a crime, social media investigations

Case Management – Planning for a successful prosecution should be a consideration from the time the case is assigned. Case screening, police/prosecutor relations, case audits, briefings and investigative plan

Eyewitness Identification - Simultaneous lineup, sequential lineup, live lineup, photo lineup composition, photo lineup admonishment, double blind showing and one on one lineups.

Case Overview - Arson, Burglary, Child abuse, Homicide, Theft, Assault, Batter, and Rape.

Interview and Interrogation – In criminal investigations witnesses solve crimes. You will learn how to get people to talk to you, how to get more information and how to get better information.

Interview setting, profile of a successful interview, interviewing techniques, collecting information, the “don’ts" of interviewing, documenting interviews, telephone interviews, confrontation calls, the cognitive interview process, memory retrieval techniques, distinguishing truthful and deceptive responses, 7 steps to a confession and false confessions. 

October 2024 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
10/2-10/3 0800-1700 PATC-Social Media and OSINT Investigative Techniques M Maranville $350 1
10/7-10/10 0800-1700 Health and Wellness - CAB01G GPSTC   Lab A
10/7-10/10 0800-1700 PATC-Hostage Negotiations, Phase III B Pierpoint $650 1
10/7-10/25 0800-1700 Instructor Training Course (120hr) - SII03G (Class is full) W DeWalt   3,2,1, Lab A
10/28-11/1 0800-1700 Supervision II - AQS10G SGT Gosman   114B
           
           
           

October Course Descriptions

Health and Wellness

This course is being instructed by GPSTC staff and hosted by CCPD.  Outside agencies must register through your GPSTC training coordinator. Outside agencies do not submit an outside training request through this website. 

Cobb officers must submit a training request and will be registered through GPSTC by academy staff.

Course Description: This updated, extended version of the original 22 hour course is designed for any public safety personnel who seek improved health and wellness. Topics include components of physical fitness, lifestyle and behavior modification, cardiovascular fitness, strength training, functional fitness, nutrition and supplementation.

Students will participate in designated fitness breakout sessions and will be provided assistance with program structure and design. Attendees must bring shoes for walking/running, non-marking court shoes, work-out clothes, proper outdoor training attire, and water bottle.

*Required for Intermediate Certification

Instructor Training Course

This course is designed for someone who instructs in performance-oriented training and is responsible for lesson plan development. During the course, each student writes an original lesson plan and develops the presentation skills necessary to deliver that lesson. This is a challenging course and one that will require your full attention and attendance. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you schedule as few outside demands on your time during these weeks as possible.

If you are a law enforcement officer (LEO), please be sure your topic is law enforcement related. It must be a topic that is suitable for presentation to a group of your peers in a professional and academic setting. For those that are not LEO, the same standard applies to a topic that benefits your peers or subordinates, as presented in a training environment. Your topic must be approved by the Advanced Training Unit prior to the beginning of the course. All lesson plans and multimedia developed for the course by the students will be maintained in the database regardless of employing agency or organization.

You will need a laptop computer with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint installed for daily use while attending this course.

Supervision II

This is the second of the series and builds on what is learned in Supervision I. Additional topics include Leadership, Legal issues, Communication, Performance Management, and Discipline, and Critical Incidents.

Social Media and OSINT Investigative Techniques

The criminal mind never sleeps and is constantly advancing with technology. This introductory course will review the use of cyber technology looking at social networking* sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Google+, Telegram, Omegle, and others in understanding criminal behavior and social networking sites, and cell phone technology*. Within cell phone technology investigative techniques, investigations techniques will range from cell phone apps to cell phone tower tracking protocols. Social networking sites and cell phones have expanded cyber crimes and created new channels for sharing information that could also be utilized by law enforcement to investigate crimes and identify suspects. This course does include child abuse and other illicit activities as case studies and examples. This course does include P2P investigations, proactive chat investigations, search and seizure protocols with courtroom testimony, gaming platforms, and much more.

(*Course will not be taught in necessarily the same order as listed below and in outline)

Upon Completion:

Participants will be able to:

1. Common crimes committed on social networking sites.

     a. The use of "bots."

     b. Artificial intelligence in gathering data.

2. Understand the basic steps for preserving a profile.

    a. Identifying its creator.

    b. Gather profile information.

3. Review social networking artifacts.

    a. Obtain evidence from servers.

4. Capture live digital evidence from computers and networks using opensource internet tools.

5. Perform live router interrogations.

    a. Use router interrogations to find evidence on computers.

    b. Copy RAM contents, Analyze routers at the scene.

6. Search and seizure protocols on digital evidence and courtroom testimony.

7. Understand and define the basic terms related to investigating cyber crimes.

8. Understand and explain IP addresses.

     a. Including dark web and virtual private networks (VPNs)

     b. Capture IP addresses and URL’s

9. Describe the links between social networking sites and the acceleration of crimes.

     a. Telegram, Omegle, Chat investigations, gaming platforms.

10. Understand the role of sextortion and online gaming platforms using social networking sites and cell phones.

11. Employ specific techniques and evolving tactics for successful cyber investigations.

12. Learn how to intercept digital evidence.

     a. Learn the importance of securing metadata when intercepting evidence.

13. Search and seizure protocols.

     a. Seizing both electronic and digital evidence and courtroom testimony.

     b. Current case laws

14. Learn how to intercept digital evidence.

     a. Metadata, cell phone records, tower records, cell phone data.

15. How to conduct peer-to-peer (P2P) investigations.     

      a. Proactive chat investigations.

All outside agency officers must register directly through PATC

Hostage Negotiations, Phase III

Outside agencies must register directly through PATC: https://publicagencytrainingcouncil.arlo.co/w/seminars/482-hostage-negotiations-phase-iii-pierpoint

Please be aware that this class is a 40-hour training. The first four (4) days of training will be 8am-5pm local time. The last day will be 8am-12pm local time. The remaining hours will be made up in class during the practical application portion.

This training module is a continuation of the Phase I and Phase II Hostage Negotiations course. To qualify to take the Phase III Hostage Negotiations Certification you must have completed Phase I and II through Public Agency Training Council. No other hostage training courses will qualify an individual / team to receive a certification through Phase III.

This is a Tested Training Class. A 50 Question Test Based on Phase I, II & III will be given. A Passing Score of 70% or greater is required to receive your Certification Certificate. Each student will be critiqued and given feedback on their ability to fulfill the duties of a “primary” negotiator through this course. Other advanced topics covered in Phase III will be:

  • Negotiator Competencies and Influence and Persuasion
  • Supervision and Management of a Hostage Negotiation Team and Hostage Scene
  • Hostage / Barricade Situations Considerations, Threat Assessment, and Indicators of Progress
  • Suicidal Risk Assessment and Intervention.
  • Communication and Negotiation Skills with Different Psychiatric Conditions.
  • Kidnap Negotiations.
  • Negotiating with Terrorists and Active Shooters
  • Communication and Negotiation Skills Applicable to Jail and Correction Facilities.
  • P.T.S.D. and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stress & Anxiety Management

NOTE: To qualify to take Phase III Hostage Negotiations Certification you must have completed Phase I & II Hostage Negotiations through Public Agency Training Council. No other hostage training courses will qualify an individual / team qualify to take Phase III.

November 2024 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
11/12-11/14 0800-1700 Advanced Traffic Law (24hr) CAF02G P Jones   Lab A
11/19 0800-1600

Remedial Driver Training – 8hrs (Remedial Driver Training for Cobb County Public Safety Employees Only)

SGT Gosman   EVOC
           
           
           
           

November Course Descriptions

Advanced Traffic Law

This course is intended to develop and/or enhance the skills and abilities of law enforcement officers in interpreting the Uniform Rules of the Road.  Topics will include statutes related to current motor vehicle laws, commercial motor vehicles, and case law.  Students should bring their codebooks to class.

Required for Advanced Certification.

Remedial Driver Training

This is a remedial driver’s course for Public Safety Personnel. The course addresses bad driving habits to avoid and common mistakes performed by Public Safety employees. This course is tentatively approved by Risk Management to replace the County’s Remedial Driver’s Safety Course. To attend, the employee must have a county vehicle he/she normally drives while on duty.

December 2024 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
12/9-12/13 0800-1700 Supervision III - AQS11G  SGT Gosman   114B
           
           
           
           
           

December Course Descriptions

Supervision III

This is the last of the series, and some topics include Motivation, Stress Management, Interpersonal Communication, and Public Speaking.

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