Police officers can now get certified closer to home

By Christy Hutchings - bio | email

GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - Budgets are tight and that means many area police departments don't have the money to send officers to the Public Safety Center in Forsyth, outside of Macon, for training. The Garden City Police Deparment has come up with a plan.

They're collaborating with area municipalities to hold classes at the Garden City Police Department. "Everybody's budgets are hurting and the state level is no exception, so the Georgia Public Training Center," said Garden City Police Chief David Lyons.

Lyons says the training center has had to start charging for room and board and after adding in costs for officers to eat, and the gas to get there it's just too expensive. "If we can produce that training here it's virtually free, even for Bloomingdale, or Pooler, or Port Wentworth. It's a short drive over here."

The training will give officers the opportunity to get their intermediate and advance certifications. "They get the same training, the same certificate, the same credit as if they went to the public safety center in Forsyth," said Chief Lyons.

Each department will provide an instructor to participate. The cost is free to all area police departments.

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