On Friday, April 28th, Truett McConnell University (TMU) graduated its first class from the Public Safety Academy’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) program for TMU PSA Class 001. The graduation ceremony, which was held on TMU’s campus, marked the successful completion of the rigorous training program for these future law enforcement officers.

The P.O.S.T. program is a comprehensive training program designed to prepare individuals for a career in law enforcement. The 16 graduates from TMU PSA Class 001 have completed the state-required 408 hours of training for basic peace officers, as well as additional training in stop the bleed, taser, and pepper spray.

Under the leadership of Academy Director Jeff Branyon and Dean of the Michael Sattler School of Public Service, J. Marie Taylor, these upcoming graduates have been equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve their communities with excellence and integrity.

P.O.S.T. graduate, David Perkins, is sworn in by Helen Police Department during Friday’s ceremony.

“The program has not only provided them with practical training but also emphasized the importance of character and the need for Godly men and women in law enforcement,” said Branyon.

TMU’s new P.O.S.T. program is committed to producing servant-hearted law enforcement professionals who demonstrate the love of Christ in all they do. “I am so honored these students entrusted their education and training to us,” said Taylor, “but I’m also proud of their faith and bravery in following God’s calling on their lives.”

The academy’s integrated educational and training experience, which includes opportunities to train side-by-side with current law enforcement professionals, will continue with TMU PSA Class 002 beginning this fall.

For more information on the upcoming P.O.S.T. Academy, please contact Jeff Branyon or Dean Taylor.


Jenny Gregory is the Director of Marketing and Communications at TMU.


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