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Eligibility
Gwinnett County Police Department’s Lateral Entry Training Program is for Georgia POST certified officers only.

Applicants currently or formerly employed by a Georgia State Certified full-service law enforcement agency will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for eligibility to Lateral Entry Training Program. Applicants will not be considered if they have taken a break from service longer than two years. Military police service does not meet the qualification of full-service law enforcement agency. For additional details please visit our Job Opportunities page.


Training Program
The Gwinnett County Police Department Lateral Entry Training Program consists of the following steps:

Phase I (Approximately 2 to 3 Weeks)

During this phase of the training, the lateral entry officer will report to the Gwinnett County Police Training Center where he or she will receive equipment, identification, and the Oath of Office.  The officer will also attend GCPD Annual Training for incumbent officers (40 hours) and obtain training and /or qualifications in the following areas: 

  • GCIC
  • General Directives Manual (GDM)
  • Criminal Procedure Updates
  • Glock/Firearms Training
  • Immediate Impact Weapon (OC, Taser, or Asp)
  • Vehicle Assignment and Operations (Basic Cone Course/Familiarization)

Phase II [5 to 7 weeks with FTO]

During this phase of training, the lateral entry officer will be on patrol with an assigned Field Training Officer.  The first 5 weeks will consist of Daily Observation Reports (DORs).  This time period may be adjusted upon performance. 

Phase III [8 weeks of observation]

Following successful completion of Phase II, the lateral entry officer will patrol in a solo status.  The shift supervisor, corporal, or FTO will respond to calls with the officer to ensure the officer has retained training received in Phase II.  Probationary evaluation performance appraisals on all newly-hired probationary employees will be completed at least quarterly for the first 12 months of employment.  Supervisors rating probationary employees should be primarily concerned with the employee’s ability to perform the required functions and to determine, at the earliest point, their suitability for continued employment in that position. 

Training to be completed within one year of hire date:

Within one year of the hire date, the lateral entry officer must attend the full version of the following classes as they become offered at the GCPD Training Center. This training will be individual courses as they occur at the training center:

  • Advanced Defensive Tactics
  • Active Shooter
  • Advanced Officer Survival
  • Standardized Field Sobriety
  • Precision Immobilization Technique
  • CPR

Equipment to be issued

  • Gun-belt and accessories (flashlight, OC, Asp, etc.)
  • Body Armor
  • Laptop
  • Vehicle
  • Radio
  • Uniforms and rain gear
  • Riot shield and helmet
  • Traffic vest

Note: Cars, equipment, and accessories can be issued within 1 to 2 days.