Marcus Harris Hired as SGTC Basic Law Enforcement Instructor
Posted 2:33 p.m. on Monday, August 29, 2022
From staff reports
AMERICUS — Marcus D. Harris of Leesburg has joined South Georgia Technical College as a full-time Basic Law Enforcement Instructor, SGTC Chairman Dr. John Watford announced. He will report to SGTC Law Enforcement Academy Director Major Brett Murray and Vice President of Academic Affairs David Kuipers.
Director of South Georgia Technical College’s campus security and policing department, Sammy Stone, held a swearing-in ceremony for Harris, who has now reached the rank of lieutenant as a full-time instructor at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
Candice Brianna Harris, Marcus’ wife and partner of more than 15 years, was present at the swearing-in ceremony along with SGTC Law Enforcement Academy Director Brett Murray. Marcus and Candice have two sons, Stryker Red Harris, 7, and Wyatt John Harris, 1.
Harris worked as a deputy sheriff for the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office before accepting the position at South Georgia Technical College. He also served as a deputy sheriff for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and worked as a detention officer for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
He has over 15 years of law enforcement experience and served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 2003 to 2006. Harris graduated from the Criminal Justice Program at South Georgia Technical College with an associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and also earned a TCC as Law Enforcement. Specialist. He is also a graduate of Lee County High School.
As a full-time Basic Law Enforcement Instructor at SGTC, Harris will provide instruction to students enrolled in the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. He will also demonstrate the use of proper teaching techniques and complete all documentation for assigned courses in a timely manner and maintain an accurate inventory of all assigned assets.
The South Georgia Technical College POST (Peace Officers Standards Training) Certified Law Enforcement Academy takes 11 weeks to complete and pass. Qualified applicants for the HOPE Grant can take free courses and receive 26 hours of college credit for an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.
The SGTC POST Certified Law Enforcement Academy is a rigorous program that includes 440 hours of coursework. Upon successful completion, cadets are eligible for POST certification and employment as an entry-level law enforcement officer.
In Georgia, the certification process to become a police officer is regulated by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST). Applicants pursuing Basic Law Enforcement Training must be at least 18 years of age, be a US citizen, have a high school diploma or its equivalent; not have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment, undergo a background investigation, have their fingerprints taken, pass an entrance exam and undergo a physical and psychological examination.
For more information about the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy, contact Principal Brett Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 229-931-2716. Students should also apply to South Georgia Technical College and contact Director of Admissions Candie Walters at email@example.com or visit the SGTC website at www.southgatech.edu and apply online.
On-campus housing is also available for Law Enforcement Academy students and others. SGTC is one of only two technical colleges in Georgia with on-campus housing.