Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Training Approval Process
This article is reprinted from the 2009 2nd Quarter GACP Newsletter
The following information should be helpful in understanding how the training approval process works and what chiefs need to do in order to be in compliance. It seems that at the end of each year, there are several agency heads who have attended training that is not approved by GACP or who are missing their 20-hour GACP training mandate by not submitting the GACP training approval form with supporting documentation. This creates a burden on the chief executive and can be resolved easily by following the information listed below.
All requests for training approval shall be submitted to the GACP training director where it will be reviewed and either approved/disapproved. Confirmations of approval/disapproval are sent by fax, normally within a couple of days.
The following information should be submitted with all requests:
• Data supporting the training as
executive/ management level training
(syllabus, course curriculum, etc.)
For IACP Training, copies of the paper slips from the card reader showing hours for each program or if the machine is not functioning, a letter attesting to your attendance. Upon completion of the training, the above information along with a GACP Training Approval Form must be submitted to the GACP training director in order to have the training approved and placed in our office records. For out-of-state or in-state training that is not approved by POST, all of the above information must be submitted for GACP training credit. For classes attended at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) all that is needed is a copy of the class certificate and the GACP Training Approval Form.
The use of any GACP or chiefs training codes that are listed on the POST website will NOT be accepted for credit unless approved by the GACP Executive Director or GACP Training Director.
For the definition of agency/department head, refer to Georgia Code
35-8-2 (4) which states:
“Department Head” means the chief executive or head of a state
department or agency, a county, a municipality, or a railroad who is a
As a general rule, training classes that directly relate to your job
function as the chief executive of the agency are normally approved
such as classes dealing with management and/or upper level supervision.
Training classes such as report writing, defensive driving, and
courtroom demeanor are several examples of training programs that
Under OCGA 35-8-20, all heads of law enforcement agencies must
receive their annual training as selected and provided by the Georgia
Association of Chiefs of Police. GACP generally recognizes the below
listed training programs as pre-approved. With the exception of
programs directly provided by GACP, all classes must follow the
Here are some of the many classes that have been approved over the years. Additions will be posted on our website at www.gachiefs.com
-A Child is Missing Program
Any other training will be handled on a case-by-case basis. For classes held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC), please visit their website for registration information: GPSTC Website
For information about the Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training Council (POST), please visit their website: POST Website
It is truly the desire of GACP to provide/approve
and facilitate programs to make sure everyone is in
compliance with Georgia law. Please don’t ever
hesitate to contact our office for any assistance
with your professional development.
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