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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 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.


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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CCPD Badge with academy rocker

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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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)

August 2022 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
8/1-8/5 0800-1700 NTOA-Basic Crisis Negotiations (Cancelled)  


8/1-8/5 0800-1600 FTO Course - SAQ09G (Class is full) M Neely None 1
8/8-8/12 0800-1700 NTOA-SWAT Team Leader Development TBA

$710 members

$765 nonmembers (1yr incl)

8/12 0800-1700 PIT Refresher Training (CCPD Officers Only - Limit 10) SGT Gosman / C Willis None EVOC
8/17-8/19 0800-1700 Use of Force Summit L LoRusso and Blue Line Lawyer Inst

$475 by 7/15

$550 after 7/15

8/18-8/19 0800-1600 Search Warrants and Affidavits - CAJ02G (Class is full) SGT Denson None 2
8/22-8/23 0800-1700

CDR Technician - ATI29G - 16hrs

 (Class is full)

P Jones None 2
8/29-9/1 0800-1700 Use of Force Investigations - ABI26G Glyn Corbitt None 2


August Course Descriptions

Use of Force Investigations

Course Description

An officer-involved use of force incident could unjustly affect an agency's credibility in the community. The Use of of Force Investigations course is an advanced training program for front-line supervisors, Internal Affairs investigators, and/or Command Staff who are likely to perform internal reviews of non-deadly and deadly force incidents in order to present a legally sound, unbiased analysis to determine reasonableness. Focus will be on use of force incidents that occur during initial officer/citizen contacts, in a jail facility, and in a prison setting. The program focuses on the legal, operational, and administrative aspects of conducting a successful use of force investigation.

Training Outcomes

To provide investigators with the knowledge and skills to effectively review and evaluate a use of force investigation.


There are no prerequisites. However, students must submit a letter of recommendation to the course coordinator from their Agency Head that they will be/may be required to analyze a use of force incident. This letter is required to gain acceptance into the class.

Who Should Attend

All local, state, and federal law enforcement front-line supervisors, Internal Affairs investigators, and/or Command Staff who may be responsible for reviewing and evaluating a departmental use of force incident. This course is pertinent to patrol, jail, and correctional staff.

Special Notes

Registration for this course for outside agency officers must be through GPSTC. Letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to

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).

CCPD Officers - 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.

NTOA-SWAT Team Leader Development


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.


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


NTOA-Basic Crisis Negotiations

This is a basic level course designed for law enforcement and corrections personnel, mental health professionals, supervisors / team leaders and commanders who are assigned to, work with, or oversee the functions of a crisis/hostage negotiations team.  This course is also appropriate for law enforcement and corrections personnel who aspire to join a crisis/hostage negotiations team.  This curriculum is designed to meet the standards set forth by the National Council of Negotiations Associations for a basic course of study for police crisis/hostage negotiators.  Although it is a “basic” course, it represents a robust and comprehensive view of the most likely negotiation problems and best techniques to resolve them peacefully.  It is suitable for experienced negotiators desiring a refresher course.


Upon completion of this course the attendee will be familiar with:

  1. The legal and historical foundations of hostage/crisis negotiations and current practices in the field
  2. Active listening techniques and their role in communicating empathy and building rapport
  3. Crisis negotiations team roles, and the relationship of negotiators to SWAT and incident commanders
  4. The dynamics of negotiation problems, including suspect demands, obstacles, deadlines, hostage survival, threats, one-way communications, measuring progress, and the phases of a negotiation incident from initial contact to the exit plan
  5. Suicide intervention skills for suicide and suicide by cop incidents
  6. Intelligence exploitation including open source and social media
  7. Common crisis situations and suspect profiles
  8. Influence and compliance tactics
  9. Managing indirect negotiations like the use of third party intermediaries and interpreters
  10. Healthy practices designed to keep negotiators safe legally, physically, and emotionally
  11. Practical exercises and scenario-based learning to reinforce new skills

Outside agencies must register for this course directly through NTOA:

CDR Technician

Prerequisites are the Traffic Accident Reconstruction courses at GPSTC.  Interested parties can contact Pete Jones, for more information.

Use of Force Summit

Topics Include:

  • What Every LE Administrator Needs to Know About A Critical Incident
  • New Research on BWCs & Vision in UOF Analysis
  • How to Respond to Media Inquiries
  • Legal and Practical Issues in Use of Force Cases
  • The Personal Effects of Use of Force Cases on an Accused Officer / PTS / Wellness
  • Case Study: The Defense of Betty Jo Shelby

Featuring(in alphabetical order):

  • Tina Jaeckle, Ph.D., LCSW, B.C.E.T.S.,F.N.C.C.M.
  • William J. Lewinski, Ph.D., Force Science
  • Lance LoRusso, Esq., LoRusso Law Firm
  • Scott B. Wood, Esq., Wood Puhl& Wood PLLC
  • And more!

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Training begins at 9:00 am on August 17 and ends at 12:00 noon on August 19. The registration fee is non-refundable, but is transferable to another attendee
upon notice to, and advance approval of, the Blue Line Lawyer Institute.

To Register Visit:

Registration site accepts credit cards (preferred).
For all other forms of payment, contact INFO@LORUSSOLAWFIRM.COMto make arrangements.

This training is for sworn Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement UOF Instructors,
and Law Enforcement Administrators ONLY. The training is presented at the Executive/Management level.

September 2022 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
9/6-9/8 0800-1700 Crime Scene Processing - CAG02G  (Class is full) Grimstead/Rich None 2, Crime Lab
9/7-9/8 0800-1700 Radar Operator Course - STT01R (Class is full) SGT Byrum None Lab A
9/9 0800-1700 LiDAR Operator Course - ATL01R (Class is full) SGT Byrum None Lab A
9/12-9/16 0800-1700 Interviews and Interrogations - CAI03G (Class is full) SGT Twiggs None 2
9/21   Remedial Driver Training  (Remedial Driver Training for Cobb County Public Safety Employees Only) SGT M Gosman None EVOC Track
9/21-9/22 0800-1700 EMI-Evidence Management Certification Training (This course is intended for evidence technicians and custodians) EMI None B
9/26-9/29 0800-1700 PATC-Criminal Drug Interdiction Techniques and Concealment Locations G Goltz $350 2
9/26-9/30 0800-1700 Supervision I - CAM51G (Class is full) SGT Gosman None 1
9/27-9/29 0800-1700 Advanced Traffic Law - CAF02G P Jones None Lab A


September Course Descriptions

Criminal Drug Interdiction Techniques and Concealment Locations

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

EMI-Evidence Management Certification Training

Evidence Management Professional Training

The two-day EMI Evidence Management Professional Certification class focuses on principles, processes and problem-solving. EMI training equips evidence personnel with the essential knowledge and skills required to ensure the integrity of all of the evidence in your agency’s property room.

Curriculum Distinctives

  • Curriculum driven by our mission to elevate the industry and ensure the integrity of evidence for all stakeholders in the justice system.
  • Designed around EMI Evidence Management Standards and Best Practices to provide participants with a blueprint to transfer class knowledge into sustainable and efficient operations.
  • A leading-edge, current and relevant curriculum that facilitates interactive class participation and engages the learner with activities directly applicable to their agency’s operation.
  • EMI training will focus on an integrated, systematic approach for evidence management.
  • EMI training fills existing knowledge gaps in the area of digital evidence management and teaches participants how to incorporate emerging and existing technology into evidence operations.
  • The two-day EMI Evidence Professional Certification class affords participants the option to test and obtain certification immediately upon completion of the training course without waiting for an additional year of service time.
  • Participants will leave the class with a specific tool box of reference materials and resources to evaluate and improve their own operations.

Outside agencies must register directly with EMI:

October 2022 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
10/3 0800-1700 PIT Refresher Training (CCPD Officers Only - Limit 10) SGT Gosman / C Willis None EVOC
10/4 0800-1700 PIT Refresher Training (CCPD Officers Only - Limit 10) SGT Gosman / C Willis None EVOC
10/3-10/7 0800-1700 Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program - AGW03G (Outside agency officers MUST register through your agency GPSTC Coordinator) GPSTC None B
10/3-10/21 0800-1700

Instructor Training Course - SII01G (Class is full)

W DeWalt None 3,2 Lab C
10/31-11/4 0800-1700 Supervision II - AQS10G SGT M Gosman None 1


October Course Descriptions

Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program

The Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training course prepares law enforcement officers and other public safety personnel with the skills to assist people with mental illness, co-occurring disorders, substance abuse, developmental disorders or other brain disorders who are in crisis, thereby advancing public safety and reducing stigma. This course is an intensive 40-hour, five-day curriculum that is comprised of both classroom instruction and practical exercises delivered by mental health professionals, other subject matter experts and CIT law enforcement instructors. This course is approved by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council.

CCPD Officers - Submit a training request through your supervision

Outside agency officers must register through your  agency GPSTC coordinator, IAW your agency training policies. 

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. 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.

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 2022 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
11/1-11/4 0800-1700 Health and Wellness Awareness - CAB01G 32hr (Outside agency officers MUST register through your agency GPSTC Coordinator) G Corbitt None 2
11/1-11/3 0800-1700 NTOA-Single Officer Assailant Response (SOAR) TBD

$634 Members

$689 Non-members (Incl 1yr Membership)

3, Tac Vil, Truist
11/8-11/10 0800-1700 Criminal Street Gangs - IKG05G  24hrs


None 114A
11/28-11/29 0800-1700

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Course (ARIDE) – AWD07G – 16hrs

SGT Nadeau None 2


November Course Descriptions

Health and Wellness Awareness

Health and Wellness Awareness (GPSTC) 32hrs

This course is being instructed by GPSTC staff and hosted by CCPD.  Outside agencies must submit an outside agency training request, located at the top of this website, through CCPD. Once your request is received, CCPD will provide your agency's GPSTC training coordinator with a link to register you through GPSTC. 

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

Students will be required to take a diagnostic fitness evaluation and test on day 1

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

NTOA-Single Officer Assailant Response (SOAR)

This course prepares the individual officer with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed when responding to a
critical incident involving active killing, in the single officer capacity. Our program focuses on enlightened
conservation of the single officer response. We emphasize problem solving while utilizing fundamental tactics and
techniques that are simple, effective and repeatable. These tactics and techniques have been gained and validated
through real world experiences. Topics include judgement enhanced training, critical skills marksmanship and
entry techniques for the single officer assailant response. The officer will complete multiple fast-paced field
training exercises that will improve and enhance the officer’s problem-solving ability in the single officer response.

Outside Agencies: You must register directly through NTOA for this course

Criminal Street Gangs

This course is designed for law enforcement officers, DA investigators, or others investigating gang-related criminal activity. The topics of instruction will equip officers with skills and knowledge to recognize gang culture, gang paraphernalia, and gang associates who participate in criminal street gang activities.

This basic gang investigator course teaches you how to write search warrants for gang-related crimes, obtain social media records for your investigation, challenges you to analyze real-life gang case studies, and provides mock trial scenarios during the class to tie it all together.

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Course (ARIDE)

A 16-hour course of study designed to enhance law enforcement officers' ability to recognize the role of traffic enforcement and its relationship to highway safety. Officers will be trained to recognize psychophysical and clinical indicators of impairment that are consistent with a subject who is under the influence of drugs alone, or in combination with alcohol, and to take appropriate action. A strong emphasis will be placed on the proper administration of the NHTSA SFST battery and interpretation of the results.

Prerequisites: DUI/Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (24 hr)

December 2022 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
12/5-12/9 0800-1700 NTOA-SWAT Command Decision Making and Leadership I TBA

NTOA individual members is $710 Non-members is $765

12/5-12/9 0800-1700 FTO Course - SAQ09G M Neely None 1
12/5-12/9 0800-1700 Officer Survival - CAE01G (This course is only open to CCPD Officers, limit 10) Staff None M 60
12/12-12/16 0800-1700 Supervision III - AQS11G (Class is full) SGT M Gosman None 1
12/12-12/16 0800-1700 LEVA Lvl 2 J Garvin $1000/$2000 A and B


December Course Descriptions

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).

CCPD Officers - This course is required for promotion to Sergeant.

Supervision III

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

LEVA Lvl 2

Following successful completion of the Level 1 and 2 LEVA courses, maintaining a current LEVA membership and performing video processing for at least one year, the student will receive LEVA certification as a Forensic Video Technician. Certification remains valid for three years and is renewable.

Upon successful completion of Level 2, students will receive a complimentary LEVA membership valid until the end of the calendar year. Refer to the LEVA By-Law sections III and XVI for information regarding membership.

Course Overview:

The LEVA Level 2 course builds on the concepts of the LEVA Level 1 course. The public expectation today is that if a crime occurs, there will be video/audio of the incident. There is a significant, specific skill set that investigators need to PROPERLY handle and process the digital multimedia evidence that gets collected. If the DME is not handled and processed carefully, according to best practices, the video/audio might not be interpreted accurately. This course exposes students to more advanced theory and hands-on techniques that conform to the Best Practices for the Acquisition and Processing of Digital Multimedia Evidence (DME).

Instructors: Scott Kuntz, Detective Ed Baker (Ret), Jonathan Hak, QC.

LAB SYSTEMS: LEVA provides laptops with all needed software. Many have successfully completed the class who use a system or software other than the ones on LEVA Mobile Lab laptops. LEVA instruction team members guide students through necessary keystrokes during the class.

TUITION:  Employees of law enforcement / public safety / government / educational – $1000.  Corporate/Private Sector – $2000.

MEMBERS: Log-in to automatically receive the proper tuition rate.  Others select the SEND INVOICE payment option and the appropriate rate will be invoiced.  Questions? Email

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must have successfully completed LEVA’s “Level 1: Forensic Video Analysis & the Law” course.

Employees of any international, federal, state/provincial, or local public safety agency including the Dept. of Defense and Dept. of Homeland Security, may apply. Also, students currently enrolled in a bonafide college or university criminal justice program. An applicant for educational pricing should be either a person who is a full-time instructor at a nationally accredited educational facility or is a full-time student. Neither can be employed in the imaging industry. *Tuition rate is below.

A select number of seats are available to the private sector (for-profit businesses) who successfully completed LEVA’s Level 1 course noted above. LEVA recognizes that private forprofit businesses occasionally assist law enforcement in the creation or processing of video evidence; therefore. Private sector applicants must obtain a current national criminal background check and attach the results to the course application. Private sector applicants must be able to demonstrate that a significant percentage of their current work responsibility involves processing video images on behalf of law enforcement, government or prosecutorial agencies. With the exception of those applicants who supply video analysis services or CCTV equipment, other private sector applicants whose responsibilities include the development, sales or marketing of products or services to law enforcement will not be considered.

Credits and Certificate:

Successful completion of this basic level course satisfies a requirement toward LEVA’s Forensic Video Analyst and Technician certifications.

Students not seeking Certification may receive a Certificate of Attendance without taking the final course written examination.

Travel & Accommodation:

Students are responsible for securing their own meals, lodging and all ground transportation to / from the airport and between the hotel and class each day.

Nearest major airport: Atlanta (ATL)

Distance between the nearby hotels and training site: 5-15 minutes

Parking is free at the police academy.


The course will end by 3:30 P.M. on that Friday. Students should avoid scheduling a flight out Friday evening before 6:30 P.M.


LEVA subsidizes training for Government agencies and non-profit organizations that offer forensic video services to law enforcement. Private sector, for-profit companies must pay the unsubsidized fee.

$1,000 for full-time employees of law enforcement / public safety / government / educational

$2,000 for Corporate / Private Sector employees

NOTE: Registering serves as a placeholder only. Tuition payment secures the seat.

Unless otherwise arranged with LEVA, students accepted to attend must pay the course fee by November 25, 2022. You can pay on-line when registering. Other payment options are check, wire transfer and credit card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express only).


With the exception of war, government regulation, disaster, strikes or exigent circumstances, a refund will be approved minus a $25 service charge. As an alternative, a student who must cancel may apply the full amount as a credit to a future LEVA class. Credit from a class cannot be applied for the annual symposium registration.


Fill in the online application by November 18, 2022.

You will be notified via e-­mail that your application was received and its status of acceptance.

All outside agencies must register directly through LEVA using link below:

Essential Disclaimer

Graduates of the course receive a LEVA certificate indicating successful completion of the 40-hour curriculum. That certificate should NOT be interpreted as a certification of any type. Registering for any LEVA class indicates they fully understand they are not receiving a certification from any one LEVA course and must refer to this training as LEVA’s on their resume, CV or any discoverable document. This class is not conducted to officially endorse any product or service.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding this course, contact Mr. Jan Garvin, LEVA Executive Director, at (540) 842-1742 or email:

NTOA-SWAT Command Decision-Making and Leadership I

This course is designed to expose police SWAT Team Commanders and Supervisors to contemporary SWAT issues, tactics, and procedures. Topics include major incident debriefs; leadership issues, emotional intelligence, justifying SWAT; the use of SWAT Teams; SWAT standards and professionalism; contemporary SWAT issues and concerns; SWAT and the media; selection, training, discipline and removal of supervisors and team members; crisis negotiations considerations; tactical operation center considerations; operational planning; weapons and equipment selection; legal issues and considerations; critical incident management; barricade and hostage procedures; warrant service planning and procedures; and much more.



Upon completion of this course the attendee will be familiar with:

  1. Decision-Making and Leadership
  2. Emotional Intelligence
  3. Tactical Response & Operations Standards
  4. Training Management
  5. SWAT Personnel Recruitment, Selection, Training and Retention
  6. High Risk Warrant Service Operations
  7. Law Enforcement Response to Barricaded Suicidal Subjects
  8. Barricaded Subject Operations
  9. Contemporary Issues for Tactical Teams
  10. Hostage Rescue Operations  
  11. Incident Reviews from Past Operations

Outside agencies must register directly through NTOA:

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

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 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


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.


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:

February 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
2/6-2/10 0800-1700 FBI-LEEDA  SLI TBA $795 114A
2/13-2/17 0800-1700 IPTM-EDR use in Recon Lvl II TBD $895 2

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

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:



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 or call 877-772-7712 for more information.

March 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
3/6-3/24 0800-1700 Instructor Training Course - SII03G - 120hrs W DeWalt None 3,6
3/13-3/17 0800-1700 IPTM-Commercial Vehicle Crash Investigation - Level II TBD $895 2
3/27-3/31 0800-1700 FBI-LEEDA  CLI TBD $795 114A

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:

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


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 or call 877-772-7712 for more information.

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. 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.

April 2023 Training Schedule

Date Time Course Instructor Cost Location
4/10-4/28 0800-1700 Police Motorcycle Operator Course - ASF08T 80hrs Garrett / Mack None EVOC
4/17-4/21 0800-1700 FBI-LEEDA ELI TBD $795 114A

April Course Descriptions


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 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.