Five deputies from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office recently graduated from special training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Pickens County.
Deputies Lisa Dean, Oscar Robles, Austin Grist, Michael Scott and Ronald McAbee, all of whom serve at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center, completed 408 hours of training as mandated by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council over the course of 11 weeks.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jay Baker said this training is beneficial to all officers who go through the program. In addition, he said the training is a requirement for any law enforcement official wanting to become a peace officer in the state of Georgia.
“There is no set number, but we typically send three to four groups to Mandate annually, and each group could consist of anywhere from three to six deputies,” Baker said in an email. “The ‘Basic Mandate Law Enforcement’ class is 408 hours— 11 weeks — of training in several topics such as Georgia Law, Firearm Qualifications, Defensive Tactics, Report Writing, Emergency Vehicle Operations, etc.”
With this training now completed and under their belts, the five recently graduated deputies return to their jobs that much more prepared and trained for whatever may come their way, knowing the difference this course has made for them.