Law Enforcement Instructor Class Completed
Ogeechee Technical College

Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (OTC LEA) recently graduated its newest class of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Certified Law Enforcement Instructors.
The intense three-week course began with instruction on instructor liability, andragogy, communications and presentation skills, classroom management, instructional systems design, lesson planning, testing and evaluation, practical exercise construction, teaching methods, and managing training aids, after which students were required to pass a written examination with a minimum grade of 80% in order to proceed further in the course.

In the second week, students authored an original narrative-style lesson plan for a block of instruction. The lesson plan, which generally consists of 40 to 60 pages, had to comply with very strict standards for the student to progress to the third and final week of the course. In the third week, the students were required to develop an hour-long presentation which was stringently evaluated by groups of veteran law enforcement Instructors who ultimately determined if the instructor candidates would earn the coveted title of POST Certified Instructor. The certification allows the officers to teach a wide array of general topics for POST credit and is an important step in career development for officers. 

Despite the fact that law enforcement agencies generally send their best officers to instructor courses, the classes normally sustain a 50% or greater attrition rate. “It’s a really difficult class that requires an enormous amount of work to be successful,” said Deputy Sheriff Robert Brantley, a 2013 graduate of the Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy, who currently works for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Terrell Lewis, of the Statesboro Police Department, said, “Despite, or perhaps even due to the difficulty, this class was the most rewarding class I’ve ever completed.”

“These officers should be proud of themselves. For most of them, this is the most challenging course they will take in their career,” said OTC Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Mitchell.

The OTC LEA conducts the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council General Instructor Course at least once a year at the Hagan campus. Certified Instructors must attend additional instructor courses in order to teach high-liability subjects like firearms and defensive tactics. These courses are also offered at least once annually at the OTC LEA.


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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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