Citizen's Police Academy
Ogeechee Technical College

The Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (OTC LEA) recently completed its inaugural Citizen’s Police Academy.  Participants from Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties attended sessions which were held at OTC’s Evans Technical Education Complex in Hagan.  The program provided a summary of the training and education that officer candidates receive before serving as peace officers, while offering insight into common questions and concerns about police practices. 

Classroom topics included police candidate selection, police training doctrine, use of force scenarios, and an overview of policing concepts such as Community Oriented Policing, Problem Oriented Policing, and Intelligence-led Policing. Additionally, the attendees participated in a variety of law enforcement training, from traffic stops to de-escalation tactics.  “The Citizen’s Police Academy is about building partnerships of understanding and legitimacy with the public”, said Jim Mitchell, Director of the OTC LEA.  “Building rapport with the community is an essential police function. We don’t solve problems in our communities by working against each other. We have to come together to move forward, that’s what this is about”. 

The program had eight sessions on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30.  The OTC LEA plans to hold its next Citizen’s Police Academy in March of 2017. To obtain an application, or for more information about the OTC LEA Citizen’s Police Academy, or about the OTC LEA, please contact Betty Robbins at 912.739.5367 or at


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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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