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Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at CSU Receives Commendation
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Governor Kemp has recognized the importance and success of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State, serving as a "graduate school" for public safety in Georgia. After eighty classes serving over 300 agencies across Georgia, the Governor has acknowledged the program's success over the past 25 years. The Masters in Public Safety Administration has graduated 70 cohorts consisting of 1,584 graduates with 10 additional cohorts in progress with 174 actively enrolled.
"This recognition is further confirmation of the success Command College has had in developing transformational leaders throughout the public safety community and beyond. It is a reflection of the hard work our staff has put in along with the support from our partners from across Georgia and the southeast," said Billy Mixon, Director of the Command College at CSU. "The faculty and staff of Command College offer first hand perspective from a successful practitioner's point of view. This is why we are unique and have been so successful. I am very proud of Columbus State University's vision in supporting such a valuable program and I am grateful that Governor Kemp has recognized our efforts."
The Command College was established in May of 1994 by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. It holds four classes per year for agencies across the state on the campus of CSU to actively engage public safety officers in identifying current issues, analyzing their impacts and effects, and forecasting future probabilities. Students/graduates consist of local, state, and federal agencies from across the southeast United States to include a majority of Georgia's public safety community (Ga. State Patrol, Ga. Dept. of Community Supervision, Ga. Dept. of Natural Resources, Ga. Emergency Management Office, Ga. Dept. of Corrections, Ga. Dept. of Revenue, Ga. Bureau of Investigation to name a few) thereby establishing an elite network of officials across the country enabling the sharing of techniques and strategies to address real world problems. The Command College includes the Public Safety Certificate program and the Executive College, which was developed by the CSU Justice Administration Outreach. In addition, the Justice Administration Outreach in partnership with the Georgia Department of Corrections and with other law enforcement agencies across the state has created several programs individually designed to meet the organizational needs of each of those agencies.
Developing the leaders of tomorrow
Following years of research and feasibility studies, law enforcement leaders in Georgia decided that an advanced Command-College program was desperately needed. In May of 1994, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police in partnership with Columbus State University accepted the challenge, making the establishment and implementation of a Command College a high priority. The Command College held its first class in 1995. Over the last sixteen years, the one-class-per-year schedule has increased to four classes per year - two that begin in the fall and two that begin in the spring. Since the program's inception, over 300 different agencies have participated in 87 different classes. The Command College has expanded to include the Public Safety Certificate program and the Executive College, which was developed by the CSU Justice Administration Outreach. In addition, the Justice Administration Outreach in partnership with the Georgia Department of Corrections and with other law enforcement agencies across the state has created several programs individually designed to meet the organizational needs of each of those agencies.