Phone:  (706) 677-2248

160 Windmill Farm Road, Homer, GA 30547 

It is the goal of the Banks County Sheriff’s Office to provide the best possible law enforcement service to our citizens, therefore we constantly monitor the activities of personnel in the effort to achieve the highest standards of conduct.  OPST is vested with the responsibility of coordinating training for all divisions of the Banks County Sheriff’s Office whether it is in the form of in-service classes, roll-call training, or orientation of new recruits prior to attending the police academy or jailer school.

Upon completing the police academy or jailer school, deputies, investigators, and/or jail officers are enrolled into a Field Training Program. Each cadet is paired with a Field Training Officer (FTO) for in-depth, on-the-job training. Only upon successfully completing the Field Training Program will the cadet be allowed to work on their own.

Training, however, does not cease for a peace officer. In the law enforcement field, training is never ending. Deputies and jail officers are consistently updated of changes in the law whether it be through legislation or recent court decisions. They are also kept up-to-date of the latest in law enforcement techniques and strategies. Deputies and jail officers are also required to attend periodic recertification’s such as TASER, Breathalyzer, Domestic Violence, Use of Force, and Firearms to name a few. It is the goal of our training division to ensure that Banks County is served by the most qualified and well trained law enforcement officers.

Office of Professional Standards and Training

The purpose of The Office of Professional Standards and Training is to ensure the integrity of the Banks County Sheriff’s Office through the objective and intensive investigation of allegations or reports of possible officer misconduct. Every investigation must be conducted in a fair and thorough manner, with truth as the primary objective. The agency recognizes that the rights of the employee and the rights of the public must be preserved. The goals of OPST are accountability, professionalism and integrity. The unit is responsible for:

  • Investigation of citizen complaints
  • Review and revision of general orders (Policy & State Certification)
  • Tracking use of force reporting and vehicle pursuits
  • Bias based policing
  • Hiring and background investigations
  • Other issues as directed by the Chief Deputy