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Police Academy Programs at Reinhardt University

Public Safety Institute
Associate | Bachelor | On Campus

The Reinhardt Police Academy

As part of the Public Safety Institute, Reinhardt’s Police Academy is certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and is authorized to deliver the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course.

Graduates of the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course earn P.O.S.T. Basic Peace Officer Certification and receive 15 semester hours of credit towards an associate degree in Criminal Justice.

Reinhardt University officials worked with a coalition of five cities: John’s Creek, Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell and Sandy Springs; plus Cherokee County and other interested communities in the Northern Crescent to found the Public Safety Institute.


Advantages of Attending Reinhardt’s Police Academy

  • Learn from seasoned instructors with solid academic credentials and years of field experience.
  • Complete training in as few as 20 weeks.
  • Flexible evening sessions available for working adults.
  • Capitalize on employment opportunities with progressive law enforcement agencies.
  • Get a jumpstart on a college degree while earning entry level certification.
  • Financial aid for those who qualify (HOPE Scholarship; PELL; Federal Student Loans; GI Bill)
  • Duty gear provided at no additional cost.
  • Instruction delivered utilizing web enhanced learning systems.
  • Course topics range from fingerprinting and firearms to surveillance and various types of investigations.

Police Academy Entrance Requirements

Begin Your Law Enforcement Career at Reinhardt University

Minimum Requirements for Entry into the Police Academy:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age;
  2. Be a citizen of the United States;
  3. Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
  4. Not have been convicted of any felony violation of law;
  5. Not have been convicted of sufficient number of misdemeanors which establishes a pattern of disregard for the law;
  6. Be fingerprinted for the purpose of conducting a fingerprint search to determine the existence of any criminal record;
  7. Possess good moral character as determined by a background investigation;
  8. Be found free from any physical, emotional or mental conditions which might adversely affect one’s ability to perform the duties of a peace officer;
  9. Successfully complete a job related academy entrance examination;
  10. Meet Reinhardt University’s admission requirements.

Application Process

1.     Review Reinhardt University Police Academy Entrance Standards

2.    Obtain the following required documents:

  • Official high school/ GED transcript.  (Sealed Official Copies Only)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended whether the applicant graduated or not  (Sealed Official Copies Only)
  • Official COMPASS scores that meet state minimum score requirements.
  • Original high school / GED diploma (required in addition to transcript)
  • Original college diploma for highest degree earned (required in addition to transcript)
  • Original birth certificate or certified copy with raised seal
  • Certified Georgia driver’s history obtained from Georgia Department of Driver Services for the last 7 years
  • Certified driver’s history from any other state that applicant has held a license in during  the last 10 years
  • Original or certified copy of DD-214 (member 4 version)  Required if applicants served in  the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Valid Georgia drivers license
  • Social Security Card
  • Documentation verifying all legal name changes since birth (i.e. marriage, divorce, other).
  • Other documentation is required for naturalized U.S. Citizens.

3.     Once required documents have been obtained, contact the Admissions Office at or 770.720.5526 to schedule an appointment.

4.    Bring all required documents to the scheduled meeting.  An initial review of applicant qualifications will be conducted and remaining processes will be explained.

Police Academy Topics of Study

  • Orientation
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Peace Officer Standards and Training
  • Georgia Criminal Law
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Officer and the public
  • Peace Officer Liability
  • Rules of Evidence
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Firearms Classroom and Range
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Mental Health
  • Family Violence
  • Community Policing Crime Prevention Techniques
  • Crime Victim’s Compensation Program
  • Media Relations
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Fingerprinting
  • Crimes in Progress
  • Patrol and Observation
  • Arrest Booking Procedures
  • Terrorism
  • Vehicle Pullovers
  • Communications and GCIC Procedures
  • Courtroom Demeanor and Testimony
  • Interviews and Interrogations
  • Report Writing
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Officer Survival
  • Fundamentals of Investigation
  • Arson Investigation
  • Bombs and Explosives
  • Sex Crimes Investigation
  • Burglary Investigation
  • Robbery Investigation
  • Crimes against Children
  • Death Investigation
  • Juvenile Offender
  • Surveillance
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Organized Crimes and Gang Investigation
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Motor Vehicle Law
  • Accident Reporting
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Motor Vehicle Theft Investigation
  • Controlled Substance Investigation
  • Impaired Driving
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, EVOC
  • Stress
  • Traffic Direction and Control
  • Vehicle Occupant Protection
  • NIMS: Incident Command System
  • Universal Precautions
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Judgmental Simulation in the Use of Deadly Force

The order in which the topics are listed does not imply the order in which they are taught.

Course Schedules

Academy sessions are outlined as follows; a new class starts each semester at Reinhardt University.

Police Academy Candidates attend classes Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 5:45 PM to 10:00 PM AND Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Police Academy Program Details

Tuition and Fees

Reinhardt’s affordable tuition helps you get the personal attention and real-world experiences that will give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Nearly all students at Reinhardt University receive some sort of financial aid or scholarship. Find out what options you may be eligible for.