Senior Deputy Certification

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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 ElectivesSr. Deputy Photo (2)

Review the curriculum.
Review the course descriptions.

Modules 1 and 2 are offered at approved sheriffs’ offices statewide. Module 3 electives are offered at regional academies and other training facilities.

View the Senior Deputy Training Calendars for training Opportunities.


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.

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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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Senior Deputy Curriculum+

Module 1: Sheriff’s Office Functions Hours
Office of the Sheriff 3
Bonding Procedures 2
Civil Process 8
Basic Jail Officer Course 80/45
Sex Offender Registry 2
Court Services 16
Mental Commitments and Transportation of the Mentally Ill 4
Prisoner Transport 2
Sub-Total 82
Module 2: Advanced Courses Hours
Search Procedures for Wanted and Missing Persons 2
Advanced Report Writing 16
Public Relations 2
Interpersonal Relations 8
Crime Scene Management for First Responding Officers 4
Domestic Violence: The Officer’s Response 4
Ethics 2
Administrative (GSA use only.) 2
Sub-Total 40

Review Course Descriptions.

Module 3: Specialized / Advanced Electives
In addition to Modules 1 and 2, each deputy must complete two hundred (200) hours of advanced elective courses to meet the 322-hour training requirement. These courses may not include: (1) required core courses, (2) refresher or in-service training, or (3) basic training required for any certification issued by POST. Courses such as Instructor Training, Firearms Instructor, core classes in the Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced Certifications, etc. may not be credited toward Module 3. The list below includes POST-approved courses that meet the elective requirement. The student will abide by the Module 3 guidelines and utilize the Module 3 list of courses.  Exceptions:  If you are completing the program under the initial Senior Deputy Certification, see the FAQ.

These courses must be an advanced or specialized course.  No courses with a course code beginning with the letter “I” will be accepted.  Courses for Module III must total 200 hours.

Course Hours
Advanced Court Security 24
Advanced Narcotics Investigations 32
Adv Firearms (Cannot use for Adv. Cert. if used for Sr. Deputy) 32
Asset Forclosure 24
ASP Tactictal Baton 8
ASP Instructor 16
Basic Conversational Spanish 40
Basic EVOC (Class completed before July 1, 1997) 24
Blood Pattern Analysis 40
Burglarly Suppression & Apprehension 24
CHAMPS Instructor course 80
Child Abuse 40
Child Injury & Death Investigation 16
Clandestine Drug Labs 8
Community Oriented Policing 16
Computer Applications for Jail Systems 40
COP – The Culturally Aware Officer 16
Criminal Apprehension for Patrol 40
Criminal Investigations 80
Criminal Investigation Failures 4
Crisis Intervention Team 40
Cultural Awareness 8
Defense Against Edge Weapons 16
Defensive Tactics 8
Digital Photography 16
Domestic Mistreatment of the Elderly 3
Domestic Violence 16
Drug Interdiction for Patrol 4
Drug Investigations 16
DUI Detection Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) 24
Electronic Surveillance
Emergency Medical Dispatch 24
Emergency Operations Center
Evidence Presentation 16
Family Violence 24
Fit for Street Duty
Health & Wellness Awareness (Cannot use for Intermediate Cert. if used for Sr. Deputy)
High Risk Warrant Service 24
Hostage Negotiations 40
Internal Affairs 24
Interviewing Children 40
Interviews & Interrogations 24+
Intro to Computers/Computer Trng 24
Judgemental Use of Deadly Force 24
Juvenile Homicide Investigations
Marijuana Examiner/Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) 16
NIMS (Advanced or spec classes ONLY – courses coded that begin with the letter”A” or the letter “S”)
Oleoresin Capsicum 4
Officer Survival (Cannot use for Intermediate Cert. if used for Sr. Deputy) 40
On-Scene Traffic Accident Investigation (All levels)
Open Water Diver
Partial Investigative Techniques 40
Police Applicant Background Investigations 40
Police Tactical Rifle 40
Problem Solving for Supervisors
Professional Ethics 16
Rescue Specialist 14
Response to Terrorism 24
School Resource Officer 40/84
School Violence
Secret Service Training for LE 8
Security & Integrity of CJ Info 3 or 4
Semi auto 3 32
Sex Crimes Investigations 40
Sexual Harrassment
Sexual Assualt Investigations 40
Shotgun 8
Shotgun Instructor 40
Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) 40
Specialized Patrol Techniques (Cannot use for Intermediate Cert. if used for Sr. Deputy) 14
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) 24
Stress Management 16
Sub Machine Gun 24
Survival Tactics 40
Tactical Operation Management 16
Taser 4
Terminal Agency Coordinator
Terminal Operator Entry Cert
Terrorism 20
Traffic Accident Reconstruction 40
Traffic Law (Cannot use for Advanced Cert. if used for Sr. Deputy) 24
Uniform Crime Reporting
Verbal Judo 16+

Senior Deputy Course Descriptions+

Course Hours Course Description
Advanced Report Writing 16 The Advanced Report Writing course is currently under revision and will be available within the next several weeks.  Once the course material is ready, it will be made available to all of the off-site locations.

The course is still required for the Sr. Deputy Certification.

Basic Jail Officer Course  45/80 Provide the deputy the opportunity to understand basic issues concerning jails, their operations, and specific jail skills. All certified deputies must complete this course for Senior Deputy Certification.  If the deputy previously completed the 80-hour Basic Jail Officer Course, it satisfies this requirement. Test required.
Bonding Procedures  2 Provide the deputy with instruction concerning the various types of bonds and the relationship of the courts to the bonding procedure.
Civil Process  8 Provide the deputy with a working knowledge of the types of civil process handled by the sheriff’s office, to include writs, summons, ejectment, procedures, and garnishment cases and other court orders such as extradition procedures and detainers.
Court Services  16 Familiarize the deputy with the procedures for protecting courtrooms, court officers, defendants, witnesses, jurors and visitors.
Crime Scene Management for 1st Responding Officers  4 Provide the deputy with the correct techniques to use when arriving at a crime scene.
Domestic Violence: The Officer’s Response  4 Familiarize the deputy with the current DV Laws as well as the appropriate officer response.
Ethics  2 Acquaint the deputy with the concept of ethics in law enforcement with the emphaisis on the consequences of unethical officer behavior and improper officer interaction with suspects and victims.
Interpersonal Relations  8 The Interpersonal Relations course is currently under revision and will be available within the next several weeks.  Once the course material is ready, it will be made available to all of the off-site locations.

The course is still required for the Sr. Deputy Certification.

Mental Commitments and Transports  4 Familiarize the deputy with the transportation of the mentally ill and the unique problems associated with such transportation. This block will also address the laws applicable to involuntary commitment of the mentally ill.
Office of Sheriff  3 Acquaint the deputy with the Office of Sheriff and the responsibilities and obligations one assumes to the sheriff and the community upon employment.
Prisoner Transports  2 Acquaint the deputy with the procedures to be followed when transporting a prisoner outside the jail.  Emphasis is placed on the hazards and security issues associated with escorting and transporting prisoners.
Public Relations  2 Provide the deputy with the appropriate techniques in dealing with the media, the legal rights of the media, and how to negotiate certain tactics used by media personnel to gather information from law enforcement officers.
Search Procedures for Wanted/Missing Persons  2 Provide the deputy with a working knowledge of procedures commonly utilized to search for and locate wanted and/or missing persons.
Sex Offender Registry  2 Familarize the deputy with the basic knowledge of the sex offender laws and the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office as it relates to registering sex offenders.


Guidelines for Instruction+

The Senior Deputy Certification is a voluntary certification program. Instruction of Modules I and II must be approved by the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy. In order to teach the Senior Deputy Certification at local sheriff’s offices, follow the guidelines below:

1.   The agency training officer or the sheriff’s designee shall provide this Academy an email of intent to
teach the Senior Deputy curriculum to GSA Specialized Training Coordinator, Brent Loeffler.
2.   Once approved, a CD containing instructions and all required forms, lesson plans and PowerPoints will be forwarded to the sheriff’s office.
3.   ONLY GSA Academy Staff Instructors can create and complete/close-out the classes in Module I & II
in the POST Gateway system.
4.   A 3 – 6 month schedule of classes must be submitted to GSA.  Contact Brent if this is an issue.
5.   ALL training documentation (signed rosters, tests, evaluations, code of ethics, everything..) must
be submitted to GSA within 5 days of the last day of class.  It is the agency instructor’s responsibility
to verify that all documentation is correct.
6.   All of the above mentioned training documentation MUST BE SCANNED AND EMAILED to Brent Loeffler.
7.   Tests are required in three blocks of instructions: Advanced Report Writing, Interpersonal Relations
and the 45 Hour Basic Jail Officer Course.  These classes are only offered through GSA.

Questions or Inquiries please contact:
Brent Loeffler, Specialized Training Coordinator; Tonia Welch, Training Director at 770-914-1076.