Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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May 30, 2014

Chief Michael Tracy to speak at SGTC Law Enforcement Academy graduation today

AMERICUS — Chief Michael Tracy, director of Public Safety at Georgia Southwestern State University, is guest speaker at the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. toda. May 30,y in the Betty Deriso Pope Teleconference Room in the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on SGTC’s Americus campus.

Tracy earned a bachelor of science degree and master’s of public administration from Columbus State University, and holds POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training), general instructor and firearms Instructor certifications. He began his career in 1977, at the Manchester Police Department in Manchester, where he was hired as a radio operator, then promoted to patrol duties. In 1984, he signed on at the Americus Probation Office as a surveillance officer, and was subsequently promoted to Probation Officer I, Probation Officer II, and then Intensive Team Supervisor.

In 1993, he began teaching criminal justice undergraduate courses at Columbus State University, and additionally, was hired as the assistant director of Public Safety at Georgia Southwestern State University. He is currently serving as the iInterim director of Public Safety. Since 2011, he has also been an adjunct instructor of criminal justice technology at South Georgia Tech.

Tracy stays involved with the community by serving as the chairman of the Sumter County Board of Elections, working the polls and instructing the Women’s Handgun Day safety course for Sumter County. He also volunteers as a little league baseball coach, teaches guitar lessons and other volunteer activities.

Seven individuals are set to graduate from SGTC’s Law Enforcement Academy. South Georgia Tech was selected as one of six technical colleges in Georgia to participate in a pilot project that would allow new law enforcement officers to receive their basic law enforcement training at a state technical college and obtain credit at the same time.

The seven candidates for graduation from the law enforcement academy include Myeishia Janae Biggins of Americus, John Roger Harvey of Unadilla, Chester King of Cordele, Tyler D. Parker of Arabi, Roger Singh Reehal of Lilly, Blake Stokes of Albany and Princess A. Woods of St. Louis, Mo.

The LEA graduates will receive their POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) certification from South Georgia Technical College as well as a technical certificate of credit that can be utilized toward a diploma or associate degree in criminal justice.

The Law Enforcement Academy program takes 18 weeks to complete and most recruits qualify for financial aid. Admission standards require all students to undergo a thorough background check and adhere to all rules as set forth by the state POST Council. Students will also have to meet minimum scores in English, reading and math.

For more information about the Law Enforcement Academy at South Georgia Tech, contact the LEA office at 229-931-2716 or 229-931-2756; or contact SGTC Dean of Homeland Security Vanessa Wall in Americus at 229-931-2713.


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