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Official Code of Georgia, Annotated


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35-8-23.   Basic training course for communications officers; certification requirements; duties of council; rules and regulations.

(a) As used in this Code section, the term "communications officer" means and includes any person employed by a local governmental agency to receive, process, or transmit public safety information and dispatch law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical personnel, or emergency management personnel.

(b) Any person employed on or after July 1, 1995, as a communications officer shall satisfactorily complete a basic training course approved by the council. Persons who are employed on July 1, 1994, shall register with the council and may be certified by voluntarily complying with the certification process. Any person who fails to comply with the registration or certification process of the council shall not perform any duties of a communications officer and may have his or her certificate sanctioned or revoked.

(c) The council shall conduct administrative compliance reviews with respect to the requirements of this Code section. The council shall be authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to facilitate the administration and coordination of standards, certification, and compliance reviews consistent with the provisions of this Code section.

History (Code 1981, 35-8-23, enacted by Ga. L. 1994, p. 1355, 2.1; Ga. L. 1997, p. 1488, 7.)

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