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GPTC hosts Beyond Community Policing: Building & Sustaining Positive Relationships for the Long Term
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Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is delighted to host a 40 hour training workshop in assisting law enforcement in its interaction with the public. 

Law enforcement agencies throughout the region will delve into such topics as effective communication, cultural diversity and responsiveness, mental health and building positive community relations among other topics.

WHO: Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) Law Enforcement Academy

WHAT:  Beyond Community Policing: Building & Sustaining Positive Relationships for the Long Term.  The conference will feature several informative breakout sessions and practical exercises.  The week-long training will culminate with a face-to-face meeting among community members and the law enforcement officers that serve their community.   

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 23,– Friday, Jan. 27, Daily sessions begin at 8 a.m. and wrap up around 5 p.m.

WHERE: GPTC’s Newton Campus Law Enforcement Academy Conference Center, located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington GA 30014.  (This campus is located off City Pond Road in Covington near the intersection of Bob Williams Pkwy)

WHY:  For the past eight years, GPTC’s Law Enforcement Academy has been training new recruits to enter the rewarding field of law enforcement.  The curriculum for this 17- week paramilitary course constantly evolves to address the changing demands of law enforcement.  Now the Academy wants to train veteran officers and administration in grappling with the new demands they face.  In light of recent incidents that raised the tension between law enforcement agencies across the country and the communities they serve, GPTC’s Law Enforcement Academy wants to address these issues and bring both sides to the table to foster better understanding and open lines of communication. As the first CALEA-accredited law enforcement academy in the State of Georgia, the GPTC Law Enforcement Academy is in a perfect position to offer innovative training to current law enforcement agencies, as well as bring community leaders to the discussion table.

About Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Established in 1961, GPTC is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia.  As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy.  In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.  GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.69 percent placement rate.  With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state.  The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties.   As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law).  Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance.  For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at