Professional Standards and Training Overview

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The mission of internal affairs is to ensure thorough fact-finding investigations are conducted to provide honesty and accountability to the Augusta University community. It is only through these actions that the Augusta University Police Department will continue to maintain the public's trust. Major Eugene Maxwell is in charge of Professional Standards and Training Division and is responsible for conducting all internal affairs investigations, as well as training and accreditation oversight.

In order to serve the community better, AUPD welcomes your comments, suggestions, constructive criticism or complaints, including complaints against specific officers. All complaints will be investigated thoroughly, and appropriate corrective action will be taken when warranted. AUPD officers take pride in their work and appreciate positive feedback from the community.

If you would like to recognize an officer for outstanding performance or provide suggestions, constructive criticism or file a complaint, please use one of the following options:

  1. Telephone: you may call the Augusta University Police Department at (706) 721-2914 and ask to speak to a member of the command staff.
  2. In-person: you may come to Augusta University Police Department at any time to speak with a supervisor.
  3. Written: You can download one of the forms below and email it to Major Maxwell or you can mail it to::

Augusta University Police Department
524 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912

Download the Citizen Complaint form here: Complaint Form

Download the Commendation form here: Commendation Form

We appreciate your comments as they assist AUPD in providing the highest quality service to the members of our community.

Training


The Training Division has one of the most critical functions in law enforcement. Our greatest responsibility in law enforcement is to the public. This is accomplished through a furtherance of education and training of our employees. Lieutenant Katryne Potts ensures AUPD employees receive the most innovative and current training available. The Augusta University Police Department looks to provide the AU community with the best trained, most highly skilled, and ethical public servants possible. 

The Augusta University Police Department Training Division ensures all employees of the department receive critical training that meets or exceeds the guidelines of the Georgia Police Officer Training and Standards Council. Training will also meet or exceed the Governor’s Public Safety Initiative, the University System of Georgia’s policing in a Higher Education Environment curriculum, and current departmental goals and objectives. 

What kind of training do our officers have?

All Augusta University police officers are basic mandate certified, some have additional training such as:

  • Crisis Intervention Team
  • Cultural awareness
  • De-escalation options for gaining compliance 
  • A.L.E.R.R.T. (Active Shooter)
  • Judgmental use of deadly force 
  • Police legitimacy, procedural justice, & community relations

State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification


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The Professional Standards Division is the driving force behind the Augusta University Police Department certification efforts. Certification assists AUPD in adhering to the highest levels of professionalism and service to the AU community. To that end, the Augusta University Police Department follows the Georgia Chiefs of Police State Certification and the Governor’s Public Safety Initiative programs as road maps to professionalism.

Kymyetta E. Turner, Police Operations Specialist, works diligently to ensure AUPD is in compliance with all standards. Conducting a review on a regular basis maintains compliance with certification standards and ensures AUPD operates with the most current policies and procedures. Kymyetta Turner is also responsible for keeping members of the Augusta University Police Department properly equipped to carry out the mission of the Police Department and Augusta University.

Adhering to the standards of state certification gives reality to the notion that AUPD follows the best practices. Certification is a vital part of ensuring our department lives up to our Mission, Vision and Core Values.