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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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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)

January 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
1/10-1/11 0800-1700 PATC-Recruiting, Hiring, Background Investigations and Retention  Tim Randall $350 2
1/20 0800-1600

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

TBD   EVOC
1/30-1/31 0800-1700 PATC-Social Media and Cell Phone Investigative Techniques (Cancelled 1/20/23)      
           
           

January Course Descriptions

PATC-Recruiting, Hiring, Background Investigations and Retention

Course Objectives

The Recruiting, Hiring and Officer Retention course is segmented into four distinct training modules. The recruiting module will train the hiring officer/personnel on how to attract the best talent pool with diversity in mind. Next, the hiring module will discuss how to effectively work with Human Resources in order to conduct testing and interviewing. The background investigation module will then teach the individual how to properly administer a background investigation on potential job candidates. The final training module is retention, after you hire the individual, the best methods of to retain the talent will be detailed.

Recruiting

Recruiting with Diversity in mind

The goal of the recruiting component is to identify and attract talent from a diverse pool and to ensure that every candidate is treated fairly throughout the hiring process.  Most recruiters focus on identifying and attracting talent for the organization.  However, the recruiting manager must be equally concerned that once talented candidates are identified – especially diverse candidates – they have a rewarding experience in their interactions with the organization.  They must ensure that the application and screening processes are bias-free and that hiring

Hiring

Define your process in a policy….Protect yourself!

Partners in the process: buy in from your city/county HR department ask them to assist you! Proctor the process so that it is fair and unbiased. Review your plans with them. Treat HR as your ally not the enemy. Community Involvement – if your agency has issues with the appearance of not being fair, ask your community leaders to become involved.

Retention:

Many recruiting managers believe their job is complete when new diverse candidates are hired.  However, when you consider that organizations often spend tens of thousands of dollars to hire a single candidate, retention can be essential to the financial bottom line. Therefore, it is important for the recruiting manager to ensure their organization has strong on-boarding (orientation), mentoring, employee development and career counseling processes.  In addition, the manager should assess the need for employee support groups and recommend the creation of ones deemed necessary.

Background Investigations

Background investigators must be knowledgeable about all applicable local, state, and federal fair employment laws. They must be conversant in the legal requirements for appointment to the positions in question. They must heed all agency policies, practices, and operational limitations. They must base their inquiries and evaluations on candidate behaviors that have a direct relationship to the requirements and demands of the position, and they must do so with consistency and without bias. They must be able to articulate the information gathered from a wide variety of sources and how it is used in determining candidate suitability.

How do we treat a background investigation: Treat this process as you would any investigation, it is confidential, do not talk about this with anyone that does not have a need to know. Speak only to your supervisor or another investigator should you require advise or consul on information developed.

Outside agencies must register directly through PATC: https://www.patc.com/training/register.php?ID=19108

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.

Social Media and Cell Phone 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) (2-day event)

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.

    c. 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.


Everyone except CCPD personnel must register directly through PATC: https://www.patc.com/training/register.php?ID=19223

February 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
2/6-2/10 0800-1700 FBI-LEEDA  SLI (Class is full) TBA $795 114A
2/6-2/8 0800-1700 PATC-Human Trafficking Investigations T Tundidor $425 1
2/7-2/9 0800-1700 PATC - Criminal/Drug Interdiction Techniques and Concealment Locations G Goltz $425 2
2/13-2/17 0800-1700 IPTM-EDR use in Recon Lvl II TBD $895 2
2/28-3/2 0800-1700 PATC-Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction W Sheppard $425 2, Crime Lab
           
           
           

February Course Descriptions

Event Data Recorder Use in Traffic Crash Reconstruction - Level II

This course builds upon IPTM’s Event Data Recorder (EDR) Use in Traffic Crash Reconstruction - Level I by
teaching you how to apply mathematical concepts to your EDR-based reconstructions.

We will begin by reviewing the math and physics concepts necessary to analyze EDR data in more complex non-central collisions. Topics such as the Law of Cosines; the Law of Sines; momentum; closing velocity; change in velocity relationships; will be discussed in detail. You will learn how each of these can be used in your reconstruction.

Actual EDR reports from a variety of collisions will be utilized to show you how to determine all the values
necessary for a complete reconstruction. Projects and problem sets have been designed to reinforce the
materials presented during lectures and will provide you with the tools you will need to complete actual
reconstructions.

Topics include:
• Solving momentum problems with EDR data when some data elements, such as departure speeds, departure
angles, etc. are missing (aka “triangle momentum”)
• How restitution affects your momentum-based reconstruction
• The effects of rotation on delta-V and closing speed (Effective Mass Ratio)
• The effects of external forces on momentum-reconstructions
• Adjusting EDR delta-V for ACMs not located at the center-of-mass

Prerequisites: You must have successfully completed IPTM’s Event Data Recorder Use in Traffic Crash
Reconstruction - Level I and Traffic Crash Reconstruction courses or their equivalent.

Audience: Law enforcement and private traffic crash investigators, insurance fraud special investigators and
claims adjusters, engineers, attorneys, safety officers, military investigative personnel, collision animation and
simulation graphics users

All outside agencies must register through IPTM directly: https://www.campusce.net/iptm/course/course.aspx?C=273

 

FBI-LEEDA  SLI

The FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute (SLI) is a foundational 4½-day course that
helps prepare the next generation of police leaders for their critical first steps in police
leadership. Supervisors and managers at higher levels will benefit from the topics
covered in this course, appreciating how first line supervisors are critical to the success
of the organization. To lead others, we must first know ourselves and SLI takes us on
that part of the leadership journey. Among the modules covered in this course,
students will find out how the DISC factors, Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and
Compliance, can predict your behavior towards others in day-to-day interactions. The
students will thoroughly examine the concepts of credibility, accountability and
motivation, while becoming familiar with aspects of liability and discipline that are vital
to leadership at all levels of the organization.

Outside agencies: Register online at www.fbileeda.org or call 877-772-7712 for more information.

Criminal/Drug Interdiction Techniques and Concealment Locations

Students will learn the incredible advanced concealment places in land vehicles that smugglers and other people involved with drugs hide the drugs, weapons and currency.

Students will see first hand how Criminal patrol techniques can yield large and small drug and other type arrests from traffic stops and other legal contacts with people of society regardless of age, sex, race, gender or any other class or designation.  These students will learn about the growing number of drugs they may see in their area and how to battle them.  The students will learn how to put these legal techniques into place with these types of contacts after completing the class. 

Upon Completion:

  • Each student will have been provided the instruction to:
  • Learn the History of contraband saturation into the U.S. and how over time the trends and patterns have shifted
  • Identify legal traffic stops
  • Identify the conversational questions and concealed interviews during the encounter
  • Identifying indicators
  • Detect that some terrorists networks are tied to drugs and how to stop them
  • Requesting Consent legally
  • Identifying search and seizure laws especially search incident to arrest, probable cause, consent and other legal techniques
  • Properly using K-9’s and the case law pertaining to their deployments
  • Identify how be more officer safety conscious
  • How actual search techniques should escalate
  •  Locating hidden contraband in very sophisticated compartments
  • Identify Cover loads
  • What to do after criminal activity or contraband is located
  • Documenting  these arrests properly
  • How Controlled deliveries can develop into more arrests and the perks with them
  • Recognize Escort/Decoy Vehicles and the awareness with them needed
  • Identify Currency seizure procedures and how they benefit your agency….AND MORE

Outside agencies must register directly with PATC:  https://www.patc.com/training/register.php?ID=19171

 

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 non-CCPD personnel must register directly through PATC:  http://www.patc.com/training/detail.php?ID=19224

Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction

Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction involves much more than simply responding to a crime scene and employing a scientific method to test evidence recovered at the scene. Indeed, Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction requires much more.  It requires a diphasic investigative approach!  This two-prong approach focuses on “information” and “evidence” to create an all-encompassing investigative effort.  

Crime Scene Investigation requires the gathering of “information”, without bias or prejudice.  The information, coming from a variety of sources, must be considered by the investigator.  The information gathered will serve as a basis to establish investigative measures.  Those very measures will narrow the investigative focus.  The investigative focus will detect why the crime occurred and who committed the crime. 

Crime Scene Reconstruction encompasses the proper identification, memorialization, collection, and subsequent testing of “evidence” identified at the crime scene.  Subsequently, the evidence will be testified to in an effort to establish a measure of proof in a court of law.  

The “information” gathered will serve as a means to independently corroborate and/or refute “evidence” at the crime scene.  The “evidence” gathered will serve as a means to independently corroborate and/or refute “information” gathered in the investigation.  Simply, it works both ways. 

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to first address the importance of Crime Scene Investigation. The process of gathering of “information” by professionals who will be investigating crime scenes. This process includes information obtained from call intake personnel, responding patrol officers, detectives, supervisors, crime scene technicians, medical examiners, and coroners. The course will address the roles and areas of responsibility of those various professionals in the “information” gathering process. Moreover, consideration will be given to the rules of evidence involving search and seizure and search warrant applications as part of the information gathering process.

Secondly, the course of instruction will cover Crime Scene Reconstruction. Foundational to violent crime investigations is the correct interpretation of the interactions between the victim and the suspect that comprises the criminal act. The correct analysis of physical evidence created from that interaction can assist crime scene investigators in reconstructing the crime as part of the overall investigative efforts to solve the case.  Therefore, course participants will be instructed on the proper identification, memorialization, and collection methods of physical evidence that will be used to reconstruct the events.

Prevailing at violent crime scenes is the presence of blood.  Significantly, the blood should be treated as important evidence. An emphasis will be placed upon providing the participant with the basic knowledge of bloodstain pattern analysis to reconstruct the sequence of events that gave rise to the bloodshed event at the crime scene. During the instruction, participants will acquire a working knowledge of bloodstain pattern identification, interpretation, documentation, and subsequent dissemination of their bloodstain pattern analysis to other investigative personnel to enhance the overall investigative efforts to reach case resolution.  To accomplish this, the participants will analyze interpretive crime scenes, conduct practical exercises, and complete a series of practicums.  

Topics Covered in the Crime Scene Investigation Approach Phase:

  • Initial Response
  • On-scene Response

  • Ancillary Response

  • Defining Roles and Areas of Responsibility

  • Dealing with the Rogue Person

  • Mitigating Institutional Bias

  • Guarding Against Verification Bias

  • Behavioral Approach and Application

  • Law of the Land - Elements of the Offense

  • Rules of Evidence Involving Search and Seizure

  • Search Warrant Applications

  • On-Scene Documentation Methods

  • Formulation of Investigative Strategies

  • Formulation of Interview Strategies

Topics Covered in the Crime Scene Reconstruction Approach Phase:

  • Defining Forensics
  • Science
  • Forensic Evidence

  • Role of Forensic Evidence Units

  • Unity of Approach Between Criminal Investigators and Forensic Unit Personnel

  • Alternate Theories Posed

  • Evidence Collection Methods

  • Packaging of Evidence

  • DNA Evidence

  • Blood Stain Pattern Analysis

  • Information verses Evidence

  • Role of Probative Information and Evidence

  • Fruits of Your Labor - Establishing the Burden of Proof

All non-CCPD personnel must register directly through PATC : http://www.patc.com/training/detail.php?ID=19226

March 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
3/6-3/24 0800-1700 Instructor Training Course - SII03G - 120hrs W DeWalt   3,6
3/13-3/17 0800-1700 IPTM-Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigation - Level II TBD $895 2
3/22 0800-1600 PIT Refresher Training (CCPD Officers only) TBD   EVOC
3/27-3/31 0800-1700 FBI-LEEDA  CLI TBD $795 114A
3/27-/3/31 0800-1700 Interviews and Interrogations - CAI03G (Class is full) SGT Twiggs   2
3/27-3/31 0800-1700 Criminal Procedure - CAA01G (Open to CCPD Officers only) TBD   Man 62
           

March Course Descriptions

Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigation - Level II

Designed to further enhance the knowledge and skills you acquired in IPTM’s Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigation –
Level I course, this class focuses on a detailed analysis of commercial vehicle systems and dynamics along with the
application of your findings to the crash reconstruction.

We will begin by analyzing the ABS air brake system on commercial motor vehicle (CMV) truck-tractors and trailers by
conducting tests to determine average air brake chamber pressure. You will participate in a “hands-on” field inspection
as we conduct brake tests with a CMV. 

We’ll teach you how to construct free-body diagrams and formulate equilibrium equations to determine the range of weight distribution on the axles. We will also examine quasi-static and dynamic rollover propensities and conduct an
analysis of suspension spring rates.

After a review of high and low speed off-tracking, we will show you how to derive the equations for establishing
maximum off-track distance. You will also learn how to interpret and analyze rotational motion that may be present
in a CMV crash.

Finally, we will discuss the different types of transmissions used in today’s commercial motor vehicles and teach you how to obtain the range of speeds for the vehicle based upon the gear position at the time of the crash.

Topics include:
• Tractor-trailer ABS air brake system
• Hydraulic brake systems in commercial vehicles and how fluid pressures are boosted
• Quasi-static and dynamic rollover propensities and liquid loads
• Axle weight analysis and load reconstruction
• Off-tracking
• Speed from gear ratio
• Rotational mechanics
• Field inspection

Note: You should bring a scientific calculator.

Prerequisite: You must have completed, at a minimum, IPTM’s Advanced Traffic Crash Investigation and Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigation–Level I courses.

Outside agencies must register directly with IPTM: https://www.campusce.net/iptm/course/course.aspx?C=289

Audience: Law enforcement and private traffic crash investigators, claims adjusters, engineers, attorneys, safety officers, military investigative personnel, animators and graphic designers

FBI-LEEDA CLI

The FBI-LEEDA Command Leadership Institute is an inspiring and dynamic 4
½-day course specifically and uniquely designed to prepare law enforcement
leaders for command level positions. As part of the Trilogy-series of
leadership courses, the Command Leadership Institute focuses on real-life
contemporary strategies and techniques for those aspiring to or already in
command-level assignments. Students will be engaged in such topics as
command responsibility, discipline and liability, team building, resilient
leadership, and leading change within an organization.

Outside agencies: Register online at www.fbileeda.org or call 877-772-7712 for more information.

Instructor Training Course

Prerequisite: Three years experience, excluding mandated training , as a public safety professional. 

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. Completed lesson plans become property of the Cobb County Public Safety Police Academy.

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

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.

Criminal Procedure

This course discusses the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights by emphasizing the roles of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments in law enforcement operations. Additional topics include the State and Federal court system, legal authority, police - citizen encounters, lineups and pre-trial identifications, interviews, confessions, and Miranda, Katz and Jones searches, the exclusionary rule, Title 17, case law update, and legal research and resources. Required for Intermediate Certification

April 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
4/3-4/6 0800-1700 Advanced Firearms - CAK01F (Limited to 10 Students)(Review prerequisites contained in course description)(Class is full) W Butler   Range
4/10-4/11 0800-1700 Radar Operator Course - STT01R SGT Byrum / M Mack   Lab A
4/10-4/12 0800-1700 Crime Scene Processing – CAG02G SGT Grimstead / M Moore   2, Crime Lab
4/10-4/28 0800-1700 Police Motorcycle Instructor Course - SIM16G 120hrs Garrett / Mack   EVOC
4/10-4/21 0800-1700 Use of Force Instructor Course - SIM17G GPSTC   1, TAC Vil
4/12 0800-1700 LiDAR Operator Course - ATL01R SGT Byrum / M Mack   Lab A
4/17-4/21 0800-1700 PATC-Death and Homicide Investigation W Sheppard $595 2
4/17-4/28 0800-1700 Police Motorcycle Operator Course - ASF08T 80hrs Garrett / Mack   EVOC
4/17-4/21 0800-1700 FBI-LEEDA ELI TBD $795 114A
4/17-4/18 0800-1700 Search Warrants and Affidavits - CAJ02G (Class is full) SGT Denson   2
4/24-4/28 0800-1700 FTO Course - SAQ09G M Neely   1
           
           
           

April Course Descriptions

FBI-LEEDA ELI

The FBI-LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) is an innovative 4 1/2-day program
designed for executive-level law enforcement leaders and those leaders aspiring to executive level
leadership positions. ELI focuses on the emerging challenges facing 21st century police
leaders, as well as planning and navigating the political waters of executive leadership. This
highly interactive program follows the FBI-LEEDA “cops talking to cops" model of professional
development where students will engage in guided leadership discussions with instructors and
other students. The course first looks inward to identify the forces of change and emerging
trends within law enforcement, such as the challenges of recruiting, hiring and leading
different social generational cohorts and different cultural groups within the workforce. The
ELI also presents leadership strategies that emphasize the importance of public trust and
legitimacy, officer wellness, social and emotional intelligence.

Outside agencies: Register online at www.fbileeda.org or call 877-772-7712 for more information.

Police Motorcycle Operator Course

  • Each applicant must have at least a Class MP License.
  • Applicants will be required to wear long protective pants such as 5.11 khakis or BDU style pants.
  • Applicants will be required to wear boots that cover the ankle.
  • Applicants will be required to wear a DOT approved motorcycle helmet (a limited number of helmets are available for use if you do not own one but please let us know prior to the evaluation if you need to borrow one)
  • Applicants will be required to wear riding style gloves, and eye protection.
  • A long sleeve shirt or jacket is suggested.
  • A motorcycle will be provided to Cobb County Officers for the school.

**Clothing not permitted: flip-flops, jeans; t-shirts (only departmental issued t-shirts permitted), hats, or any other clothing items containing obscene or vulgar language; or any clothing with alcoholic or drug related words or pictures. ** The Motor School will take place rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

All registrations must be approved by course instructors to be eligible to attend the course.

Police Motorcycle Instructor Course

Anyone interested in participating in the 120-hour Basic Motor Instructor School must contact Sergeant Paul Garrett by email (edward.garrett@cobbcounty.org) or 770-499-4139.

The following are requirements for participation in the Instructor School:

  • Each applicant must have completed a Basic Motor School Course.
  • Must be Post Instructor Certified

Equipment Requirements for participation in Motor School:

  • Applicants will be required to wear long protective pants such as 5.11 khakis or BDU style pants.
  • Applicants will be required to wear boots that cover the ankle.
  • Applicants will be required to wear a DOT approved motorcycle helmet (a limited number of helmets are available for use if you do not own one but please let us know prior to the evaluation if you need to borrow one)
  • Applicants will be required to wear riding style gloves, and eye protection.
  •  A long sleeve shirt or jacket is suggested.
  • A motorcycle will be provided to Cobb County Officers for the school.

**Clothing not permitted: flip-flops, jeans; t-shirts, hats, or any other clothing items containing obscene or vulgar language; or any clothing with alcoholic or drug related words or pictures.  (only departmental issued t-shirts are permitted)

** The Instructor Motor School will take place rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.

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). This course is required for promotion to Sergeant.

Use of Force Instructor

Course Description

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).

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.

Who Should Attend

Any instructor-certified law enforcement personnel directed with conducting use of force training for their agency.

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.

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: The Range Master will review each registrant's prior qualification scores on both pistol and rifle before approving attendance. This course is dynamic and fast paced, it is not designed to accommodate below average shooters.  Any officer requesting selection for this course must be patrol rifle certified. 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.

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.

LiDAR Operator Course

This class is designed to provide the student with the necessary information to set up, test, and operate the LIDAR system.  Students should bring a laser with them from their precinct/unit.

Radar Operator Course

This course is designed to certify students in the use of speed enforcement through the proper and efficient use of police traffic RADAR speed measurement instruments.

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.

Death and Homicide Investigation

Overview: 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.

Every Crime Scene Tells a Story: Each death scene presents itself differently, and to that end, it is important to identify the issue in each case. Is this scene a homicide, suicide, accident, or natural death? If the scene is determined to be a homicide investigation, does the evidence tell the story of a cold blooded, premeditated murder, or a killing as a result of a momentary loss of control during a heated argument? The homicide and death scene investigator should have the ability to recognize evidence or information to determine the manner of death and to support findings regarding culpability. Case slides will be used to demonstrate examples of scene evidence that may be important in demonstrating culpable mental states and manner of death.

Evidence vs Information: Crime scene investigators examine crime scenes in search of evidence, which has taken on a context of being affiliated with something that is scientific in nature, such as fingerprints, bullets, bloodstains, or other biological material. Recognizing and properly collecting scientific evidence is obviously important in any death investigation. Information however, can come in many forms and is not necessarily limited to scientific evidence. The available avenues in which to uncover evidence, as well as information important to the investigation will be discussed in detail.

Self-Inflicted Deaths: This section addresses scenes involving suicide, asphyxia, and accidental deaths. Emphasis will be placed on key scene evidence typically found at scenes of self inflicted deaths, which support investigative findings. Detailed examples of evidence that should be noted and documented at scenes involving self inflicted deaths will be presented

Investigating Defined Murders: Investigating defined murders such as domestic violence murders or child murders can present unique circumstances, and should be understood and addressed. Murders occurring within the home are often the result of prolonged issues and go undetected by friends, neighbors, and extended family members. “Traditional” scientific evidence such as DNA or fingerprint evidence are often times less probative in murders occurring within the home, since there is a legitimate reason to find that type of evidence relating to both victims and perpetrators in the residence that they both lawfully occupy. The crime scene investigator should be aware of other avenues in which to find information regarding the events leading up to the death. Techniques and suggestions will be presented detailing methods in which to recover evidence that is specific and probative to these types of murder investigations.
Investigations involving multiple deaths can also present unique circumstances. Cases involving mass murders and serial killers will be referenced to explain the unique challenges that occur during such cases. Among the issues presented will be sustained presence at the scene, handling mass amounts of physical evidence, utilizing specialized resources and personnel, using advanced equipment, and dealing with the media.

Blood As Evidence: Blood found at crimes scenes or on victims, suspects, or witnesses (clothing or person) should be considered significant evidence and should be treated as such when documenting, collecting and preserving. Before blood evidence can be properly analyzed, it needs to be properly documented. The field investigator should also be able to identify different types of blood stains and understand how each stain lends information surrounding the blood letting event. This section of the training will describe different types of bloodstains frequently encountered at blood letting crime scenes.

Ballistic Evidence-Shooting Reconstruction Ballistic evidence may provide valuable scene reconstruction information. A general overview of shooting incident reconstruction will be presented. Several components of shooting reconstruction including shell casing locations, projectile trajectories, gunshot residue, particle spread patterns, and bullet wound classifications will all be presented.

All non-CCPD personnel must register directly with PATC: http://www.patc.com/training/detail.php?ID=19225

May 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
5/2-5/4 0800-1700 Advanced Traffic Law - CAF02G P Jones   Lab A
5/2-5/5 0800-1700 Health and Wellness Awareness - 32hr - CAB01G GPSTC   Lab B
           
           
           
           
           

May Course Descriptions

Health and Wellness Awareness

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

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.

June 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
6/29 0800-1600 Remedial Driver Training – 8hrs (Remedial Driver Training for Cobb County Public Safety Employees Only) TBD None EVOC
           
           
           
           
           

June Course Descriptions

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.

July 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
7/10-7/14 0800-1700 PATC-Detective and New Criminal Investigator Jarvis/Tittle $595 2
7/14 0800-1600 PIT Refresher Training (CCPD Officers only) TBD   EVOC
7/17-7/19 0800-1700 PATC-Investigating Basic Sex Crimes T Tittle $425 2
7/20-7/21 0800-1700 NTOA-Supervising Patrol Critical Incidents NTOA

$249 Members

$304 Non (1yr Incl)

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July Course Descriptions

Detective and New Criminal Investigator

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.

 

Criminal Investigation Overview:

Where Your Investigation Begins – Legal Issues Involving the Investigation – Goals and Objectives of a Successful Investigation – The Importance of the Post-Arrest Investigation

Identity Theft:

Personal Identifiers – Financial Identifiers – Methods of obtaining personal information – Best practices for reducing identity crime – Federal Trade Commission and Secret Service Roles in ID Crimes

Digital Evidence:

Value of Digital Evidence – Types of Digital Evidence – Legal Issues, Judicial Decisions – 4th Amendment Issues – The Search Warrant - Social Media- Cell Phones & Towers - Dark Web

Conducting Successful Interviews:

Introduction to Interviewing – Witness Reliability Issues – Witness Types – Best Practices for Conducting Successful Interviews

Conducting Successful Suspect Interrogations:

Goals of the Interrogation – Legal Guidelines –5th & 6th Amendment Considerations – U. S. SupremeCourt Decisions – Planning and Documenting the Interrogation – Types of Suspect Interviews and Methods of Obtaining Information

Major Case Investigation Study

Major case considerations - multi-jurisdictional cases - Investigative concerns -Best practices - Culmination of the investigation

The10 Most Common Investigative Pitfalls

Repeated Mistakes/Errors Officers make during investigations - Considerations of scene assessment - Outside resources - 4th Amendment Issues (Search Warrant &Judicial created exceptions

Crime Scene Considerations

The eight purposes of evidence - Three common homicide scene stagings - Search patterns - Thermal injuries - Temperatures for 2nd degree water burns - Bite marks - Track evidence - Weather considerations - Blood at the crime scene -Hangings & Strangulations - Shaken baby - Locard’s Theory - Langer lines -Alternate light sources - Sketching the scene

The Sexually Violent Juvenile & Their Behaviors

Statistics & Studies - Behavioral concerns - Categories of juvenile sexual homicides -Fire setting - Animal Cruelty - Traits of female sex offenders - Child victimizations - Enuresis - Children with disabilities (as victims)

Injury& Death Overview

Motives for murder - Cause, mechanism & manner of death - Homicide classifications- Decedent information & unidentified remains - Time of death estimations -Sharp force trauma - Blunt force trauma - Firearm wounds and injuries - Suicide investigations - Autoerotic deaths - The choking game

Investigative Strategies for Sex Crime Investigations

3 approaches a rapist will utilize - 3 defenses a rapist will give law enforcement once accused - 2 types of confessions from sex offenders - 3 behaviors to focus on in a rape case - 4 types of rapists in our society - 3 reasons evidence is taken from a rape scene - 3 reasons a stranger will abduct a child - The eyewitness statement


NOTE:  THIS CLASS WILL BE REPORTED AS CONSISITING OF 35 HOURS.  THE CREDIT HOURS FOR THIS CLASS MAY VARY ACCORDING TO YOUR STATE'S ACCREDITATION GUIDLINES.

All non-CCPD personnel must register directly with PATC : http://www.patc.com/training/detail.php?ID=19228

Investigating Basic Sex Crimes

Course Objectives:

This 2.5 day 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 non-CCPD personnel must register directly with PATC: http://www.patc.com/training/detail.php?ID=19229

Supervising Patrol Critical Incidents

This course is designed to provide patrol supervisors with the information and tools needed to manage a critical
incident prior to the arrival of SWAT. Understanding the methodology used in managing a dynamic tactical
problem, and the 4 primary types of critical incidents involving an adversary will give the patrol supervisor the
tools needed to succeed during these events.


INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS
Upon completion of this course the attendee will be familiar with:
1. The Characteristics of a crisis
2. Basic law enforcement strategy
3. Primary mistakes made during large-scale critical incidents
4. Managing a dynamic tactical problem methodology
5. The basic strategy for managing chaos
6. The “Big 4” – hostage situations, barricaded suspects, active shooters and apprehending fleeing felons
7. Lessons Learned from case studies

outside agencies must register directly with NTOA: https://training.ntoa.org/CourseRegistration/default.asp?num=20232900

Aug 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
8/7-8/11 0800-1700 FTO Course - SAQ09G M Neely None 1
8/14-8/25 0800-1700 Firearms IT - SIF16F (Review prerequisites included in the course description) R Johnson None Range
8/14-8/15 0800-1700 Search Warrants and Affidavits - CAJ02G SGT Denson None 2
           
           
           

August Course Descriptions

Firearms Instructor Course

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 must also be patrol rifle certified. Using their department issued pistol, without the aid of any electronic sighting device, 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.

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). This course is required for promotion to Sergeant.

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.

September 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
9/5-9/6 0800-1700 Radar Operator Course - STT01R SGT Byrum/M Mack   Lab A
9/5-9/7 0800-1700 Crime Scene Processing – CAG02G SGT Grimstead/M Moore   1, Crime Lab
9/7 0800-1700 LiDAR Operator Course - ATL01R SGT Byrum/M Mack   Lab A
9/11-9/15 0800-1700 Interviews and Interrogations - CAI03G SGT Twiggs   2
           
           
           
           
           

September Course Descriptions

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.

Radar Operator Course

This course is designed to certify students in the use of speed enforcement through the proper and efficient use of police traffic RADAR speed measurement instruments.

Lidar Operator Course

This class is designed to provide the student with the necessary information to set up, test, and operate the LIDAR system.  Students should bring a laser with them from their precinct/unit.

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.

October 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
10/2-10/6 0800-1700 Supervision I - CAM51G SGT Gosman   1
10/9-10/28 0800-1700 Instructor Training Course - SII03G  W DeWalt   3,2, Labs A and C
10/10-10/13 0800-1700 Health and Wellness Awareness - 32hr - CAB01G GPSTC   Lab B
10/30-11/3 0800-1700 Supervision II - AQS10G SGT Gosman   1
           
           
           

October Course Descriptions

Instructor Training Course

Prerequisite: Three years experience, excluding mandated training , as a public safety professional. 

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. Completed lesson plans become property of the Cobb County Public Safety Police Academy.

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

Health and Wellness Awareness

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

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.

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.

November 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
11/7-11/9 0800-1700 Advanced Traffic Law - CAF02G P Jones   Lab A
11/14 0800-1600 PIT Refresher Training (CCPD Officers only) TBD  

EVOC

11/15 0800-1600

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

TBD   EVOC
           
           
           
           
           

November Course Descriptions

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 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.

December 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
12/4-12/8 0800-1700 Supervision III - AQS11G SGT Gosman   1
           
           
           
           
           

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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