Savannah Tech Peace Officer Academy Honors Graduates

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Seven students from the Savannah Technical College Peace Officer Academy celebrated graduating from the program with a completion ceremony today. The two women and five men have completed coursework containing the entire Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training Basic Law Enforcement Training Course. Their successful completion of the program qualifies them to be state-certified peace officers.

This is the 21st group of students to complete the program since its inception in 2009. To date, the program has graduated 286 P.O.S.T.-certified officers. Many candidates are in various stages of the application process with statewide agencies. Several candidates have been hired by area police departments. Savannah Tech’s Peace Officer Academy has a 97% placement rate.     

Each cohort selects a fallen officer for whom the graduating class will be named. The cohorts have a tradition of giving the family of the fallen officer a challenge coin dedicated to the officer. A challenge coin is a symbol of an unbreakable bond of dedication and allegiance among military personnel and law enforcement officers. The challenge coin tradition started as a military tradition in World War I and was later adopted by law enforcement.  

This cohort honors Chief Robert Sellars of the Port Wentworth Police Department. Chief Sellars passed away August 27, 1987, after a short illness. He was survived by his wife Judy and step-son Captain Ashley Brown SCMPD.