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Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies graduate from law enforcement academies

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies Josef Rowe and Chris Speyrer recently graduated from Georgia Piedmont Technical College Law Enforcement Academy. Pictured here, from left, are Sheriff Eric Levett, Deputy Josef Rowe, Deputy Chris Speyrer and Chief Deputy Scott Freeman. (Special photo)

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies Josef Rowe and Chris Speyrer recently graduated from Georgia Piedmont Technical College Law Enforcement Academy. Pictured here, from left, are Sheriff Eric Levett, Deputy Josef Rowe, Deputy Chris Speyrer and Chief Deputy Scott Freeman. (Special photo)

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Five Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Athens. Picutred here, from left, are Sheriff Eric Levett, Chief Deputy Scott Freeman, Deputy La’Tasha Lovelace, Deputy Nicholas Silverberg, Deputy Trey Beam, Deputy Zach Hall, Deputy Kevin Tatum, Major Mike Kineling, and Captain Nikie Weathersby. (Special photo)

CONYERS — Seven Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office employees have recently graduated from law enforcement academies, successfully completing basic mandate law enforcement programs.

Deputies Josef Rowe and Chris Speyrer received certification from the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Law Enforcement Academy in Covington.

The academy takes 17 weeks to complete and consists of 744 Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, or POST, hours of rigorous training that include classroom-based lecture and sessions involving tactical training. In addition to POST certification, graduates earn 42 semester college credits towards an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Deputies La’Tasha Lovelace, Nicholas Silverberg, Trey Beam, Zach Hall and Kevin Tatum recently graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Athens. This program takes 11 weeks to complete and consists of 408 hours of rigorous training that includes classroom-based lecture and sessions involving tactical training.

As mandated by state law, all police officers in Georgia must complete this training in order to earn certification through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.