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Online police training issue has little effect locally

POSTED: June 15, 2014 12:00 p.m.

A recent statewide problem with testing for law enforcement officers has had a minimal impact in Barrow County.

The issue noticed in April with the online training for The Georgia Public Safety Training Center's involves a glitch that allowed some officers to skip through a portion of courses. While they estimated that 500 officers may have been affected by the glitch, in Barrow County deputies and officers are not in danger of losing their jobs.

Statham Police Chief Steve Martin said that he reviewed the computer based records after finding out about the glitch.

"As a result of that review, I flagged courses that were of concern and we are asking that the hours be removed from the officer's training record," he said in an email. "To be clear, there is no evidence that any of our officers did anything improper. However, out of an abundance of caution and concern, I made the decision to remove any training hours that could have been in question."

Winder Police Chief Jim Fullington said none of his officers were adversely affected in the testing and Auburn Police Chief Carl Moulder also said it was not an issue for his department.

"I don’t have any of my guys that are impacted or in jeopardy of losing their mandated arrest powers," he said.

Sheriff Jud Smith said his office uses a different online course to be certified.

"We looked at our online course that we do allow them to take, but the course in question was use of force and deadly force," he said. "We do in house training."

The Associated Press has reported there may be as many as 15,000 officers that took the online training course before the glitch was noticed.



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