Police Credentials

The powers of authority for the Albany State University Police Department are assigned from the Official Code of Georgia Annotated O.C.G.A. § 20-3-72 (2022)20-3-72. Arrest powers of campus policemen and security personnel:

"The campus policemen and other security personnel of the University System of Georgia who are regular employees of the system shall have the power to make arrests for offenses committed upon any property under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents and for offenses committed upon any public or private property within 500 yards of any property under the jurisdiction of the board."

Officer Training

Albany State University Police Department strives to provide a safe and secure campus environment conducive to inclusion, diversity, and the free exchange of ideas within an academic setting. To accomplish our mission, Albany State University Police Department utilizes a multifaceted approach to facilitate safety and security on our East, West, and Cordele campuses. Albany State University has employed an experienced, full-service police department, with police officers, 9-1-1 communications officers, and security personnel on duty 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Our officers are supported by a team of investigators, administrative personnel, and a collaborative partnership with local police agencies, as well as state and federal agencies, to ensure the safety and security of our campus community.

As mandated by state law, all police officers in Georgia must complete the 408-hour basic police academy training in order to earn certification through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST).

9-1-1 Communications Officers are mandated by Georgia law to successfully complete a 40-hour training to obtain certification as a Communications Officer through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST). These mandates provide an important foundation for the department to build upon. 

All members of the Albany State University Police Department receive specialized training beyond the state-mandated 20-hour requirements for maintaining their certifications. Officer training remains relevant to the dynamics of our changing world, ensuring officers have the knowledge and skills to resolve situations they encounter while on duty. Examples include an ongoing emphasis on community policing, crime prevention, cultural diversity, de-escalation techniques, first-aid, CPR, Stop-the-Bleed, emergency administration of Naloxone/Narcan, Active Shooter Training, FEMA, GEMA, NIMS, and Crisis Intervention Training.  

Albany State University Police Officers and 9-1-1 Communications Officers are educated using the nationally recognized 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training curriculum, which has long been the foundation of our behavioral health crisis response efforts. The goal of the CIT program is to reduce the stigma associated with behavioral health conditions, improve public and officer safety, and help those living with behavioral health conditions obtain treatment. The course strongly emphasizes de-escalation strategies and the development of partnerships with on campus and local support resources. Albany State University Police Department recognizes proficiency in these areas is crucial and facilitates our ability to meet the needs of our community.