Georgia Public Safety Training Center Moves to new CSU Home

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University hosted a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and open house on Jan. 23 for the new home of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s Columbus Regional Academy at 3001 Macon Road.

The academy, one of eight across Georgia where police and jailers are trained to meet state standards, had outgrown its former CSU home -- an annex across the parking lot from CSU's Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center for Continuing Education, next to University Police headquarters.

The relocation into what had been an Army Reserve training facility tripled the amount of local space for public safety training, from 4,000 to 12,000 square feet, including a gymnasium. The larger space allows for larger classes, more class offerings and positions the Columbus Regional Academy for expansion.

“Administratively, it helps us because we’re able to pre-position equipment and dedicate space for specific training, supplies, tools -- those sorts of things,” said Billy Mixon, Columbus training manager for the center. “It makes things a lot better, especially for students. There’s a lot more space. So some of the things that we do, where space is at a premium, I can fit another five to 10 students in a class, where this was not possible before."

The center held a three-day class in December and began its first official large-scale class Jan. 6.

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Columbus conducts the Basic Police Officer Training and Basic Jail Officer Training programs, as well as selected advanced and specialized training courses.

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center's headquarters is in Forsyth. Other regional academies are in Athens, Cherokee, Columbia-Richmond, Dalton, Forsyth, Garden City and Tifton. For more information on the Columbus academy, visit its GPSTC website.