Police Qualifications/Certifications


GSU Police Officers are highly trained law enforcement. Police recruits must successfully complete 335 hours of standard police academy. Additionally police officers must also complete a minimum of 8 hours of in-service training and qualify with their weapon every year to maintain state certification. Newly personnel hired are expected to become POST Certified within one year’s time.

Basic training and in-service training covers such topics as:

  • Communications
  • Weapons Qualification
  • Driving Training
  • Crime Prevention
  • Investigations
  • Legal Issues/Statute law
  • Officers Stress Training
  • Crime Scene Protection
  • CPR/Basic First Aid
  • Police Defensive Tactics/Use of Force
  • Sexual Assault
  • Evidence Handling
  • Mid-Manager In- Service

Specialized training is provided in the following subject areas:

  • Community Policing
  • Bike Patrol
  • Basic Investigation
  • Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Drug Investigation
  • Domestic Disturbances
  • Firearms Qualification
  • Basic Leadership
  • Handling Critical Incidents and Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
  • Louisiana Law Enforcement Telecommunication Systems (LLETS)
  • National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
  • Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)