Law Enforcement Academy Sees Record Attendance
Ogeechee Technical College

During the Fall 2016 semester, the Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (OTC LEA) welcomed its largest class in over six years.  Twenty-one officer candidates began training at the academy on August 15th. According to Jim Mitchell, Director of the Law Enforcement Academy, the increase in enrollment is a significant victory.  Mitchell said, “Recruiting has been a priority since I became director last year. We put together a good plan and executed it. We generated a pool of about 140 candidates in a six month period, during one of the most challenging times in the last forty years to be a police officer. We have the most gender and ethnically diverse class of students we have had since 2010. We made diversity an integral part of our recruiting plan.”

Mitchell said the record enrollment is gratifying and speaks well of local police agencies. “There are a couple of things to take away here. First, the fact that we have so many applicants is a good indicator that area law enforcement is largely getting it right.  That is a great credit to both the local communities and law enforcement agencies. Secondly, because of the timing, it means we are getting people who are committed to helping make things better, not just people who are looking for a job,” said Mitchell.

According to Mitchell, up- front fees covering things like background checks, fingerprint checks, and the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Application fee, can be hurdles for some, but for those who really want to be in law enforcement, overcoming those initial obstacles is worth it. “We go through a very time consuming process with the applicants,” said Mrs. Betty Robbins, Administrative Assistant for the LEA.

Mitchell said, “We already have twenty who are in process for the next class. That has never happened before and I am highly optimistic!” The academy is currently accepting applications for Spring 2017.

For more information about the OTC LEA, contact Ms. Betty Robbins at 912.739.5367 or or visit


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