Atlanta Public Schools Police Department Puts Stricter Protocols in Place for SROs Taking the GCIC Certification Test Amid Ongoing Investigation

 

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NEWS RELEASE                                       NOVEMBER 17, 2017

 

 

Atlanta Public Schools Police Department Puts Stricter Protocols in Place for SROs Taking the GCIC Certification Test Amid Ongoing Investigation

 

Atlanta, GA — Atlanta Public Schools Police Department (APSPD) announced today that it has adopted standard operating procedures and has put in place stricter testing protocols for school resource officers taking the Georgia Crime Information Center’s (GCIC) certification test. The test is an online, open-book exam on criminal systems and procedures. This move comes after an APSPD investigation into allegations that SROs were improperly sharing answers to the exam earlier this summer.

 

Given the seriousness of the allegations, the APSPD brought in a neutral, independent third party to conduct a thorough investigation and, over the course of the investigation, 17 officers and one dispatcher admitted to sharing answers on the exam. The investigation is nearing completion.

 

“APSPD takes any allegation of sharing answers to the GCIC certification test very seriously,” said Police Chief Ron Applin. “We moved quickly to investigate this issue and, in the meantime, have adopted stricter testing protocols than are mandated by GCIC. Those new procedures include requiring a proctored or controlled testing environment moving forward.”

 

Earlier this summer, some officers were having issues logging in, using the correct internet browser or taking the correct training module when attempting to access the test online. When those SROs contacted dispatch for assistance, a dispatcher provided significant assistance with locating answers and/or providing answers while officers were taking the exam at home, in their respective schools or at the APSPD office.

 

As part of the exam, there is an identity statement that must be acknowledged by users that states, “I further certify that the completion of the contained courses is the sole product of my work and any discussion of these courses with others is not permitted.” Upon the conclusion of the investigation, APSPD is prepared to follow the civil service process to address the appropriate disciplinary actions.

 

“We have a strong, caring, and committed team of officers at APSPD, and our officers are having a positive impact on our students, our schools and our schools’ communities,” said Chief Applin. “We’re going to get through this issue and continue to focus on creating safe and supportive learning environments that are in the best interest of our students.”

 

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