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Police Academy at ABAC Announces 263rd Session Graduates

TIFTON—Twenty-five individuals from the South Georgia area recently received certificates at graduation exercises for the 263rd session of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) Regional Police Academy at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. 

Academy Director Marty Smith said the Overall Achievement award for the session went to Zachary W. Tucker of the Moultrie Police Department. Tucker also earned second place in Firearms. 

First place in Academics was awarded to Clint A. Ferguson of the Fitzgerald Police Department. Ferguson also served as president for the 263rd session.  Second place in Academics was awarded to Chad K. Johns of the Albany Police Department.  First place in Firearms was awarded to Christopher J. Guillen of the Thomasville Police Department.  

Other graduates included Derrick D. Williams of the Albany Police Department; Jamie C. Dyal of Baxley, sponsored by the GPSTC; Lenora D. Chason, Thomas D. Perry, Robert E. Pflueger, and Christine F. Welch of the Cordele Police Department; Henry H. Davis, Jr., Gerry D. Gilbert, and Allen D. Jackson of the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office; and Joseph B. Carter and Kyle W. Porter of Lake Park, sponsored by the GPSTC.  

Other graduates included Fred S. Tedder, III, and Leslie D. Walls of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office; Daniel E. Ivey of the Lumber City Police Department; Jonathan D. Schwendinger of Tifton with the Department of Public Safety – Motor Carrier Compliance; Joshua Cruse, Caleb D. Gibson, and Kelvin C. Hart, Sr., of the Moultrie Police Department; Tawanna N. Maples of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport; Leighton L. King of the Thomasville Police Department; James R. Spradley of the Tift County Sheriff’s Office; and John Z. Clayton of the Willacoochee Police Department.

The GPSTC Regional Police Academy regularly holds multi-week intensive training sessions designed to acquaint officers with state-of-the-art law enforcement techniques. The Academy operates in cooperation with the School of Human Sciences at ABAC.
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