The Senior Deputy Certification Program is a valuable training course for deputy sheriffs seeking to enhance their knowledge of the duties and responsibilities related to the Office of Sheriff. Certification requires 324 hours of specialized training divided into three modules. Pursuing the Sr. Deputy Certification increases your knowledge base about the sheriff’s office. In addition, some sheriffs offer pay incentives and promotional consideration for certification.
- Module 1 (82 hours): Sheriff’s Office Duties
- Module 2 (42 hours): Expanded Functions
- Module 3 (200 hours): Specialized / Advanced Electives
Modules 1 and 2 are offered at approved sheriffs’ offices statewide. Module 3 electives are offered at regional academies and other training facilities.
Upon completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3, complete the application and submit the completed application to the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.). P.O.S.T. sends the application to GSA for review and approval. Upon approval, P.O.S.T. is notified and the application process is completed. If the application is denied, the applicant is notified by GSA’s Brent Loeffler.
Upon GSA and P.O.S.T’. approval of the certification, the student may print his P.O.S.T. Senior Deputy Certification certificate from the student’s transcript. In addition, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association sends each graduate a formal certificate and lapel pin (see top picture), at no cost. The Senior Deputy Bar (see bottom picture) may be purchased for $10. To purchase an additional lapel pin at $5.00 or the Senior Deputy Bar, email Brent Loeffler stating your request and include your full name, OKEY# and address where the pin or bar should be mailed. Once your certification is confirmed, GSA will contact you for further instructions on payment.
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