Following a nomination by Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.),has selected Hartwell native, Mike Ayers, as the new Executive Director effective May 15th, 2019. In this position, Ayers will be charged with training all of Georgia’s Corrections and Peace officers. From the POST website, the “mission of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) is to provide the citizens of Georgia with qualified, professionally trained, ethical and competent peace officers and criminal justice professionals.
A 30 year veteran with the GBI, Ayers was most recently the Special Agent in Charge of Region 11 in the Athens field office. Of the new position, Ayers said, “I am excited. This is a great opportunity to serve Governor Kemp and the State of Georgia.” Ayers observes that for many people, an interaction with an officer of the law may be the first interaction with government. “Confidence in law and corrections officers is critical to citizens’ comfort with government and their safety.”
Ayers said that POST’s duty is to “ensure that all officers are properly trained and held to high standards.” “Changing up the classes, expanding and growing training to maintain relevance is critical to the success of all law enforcement,” Ayers explains.
Please join us in congratulating Hartwell’s own, Mike Ayers.