Training Unit

The Training Unit consists of 3 full time officers and other instructors within the agency. Our instructors are certified at everything from General Instructor, Less Lethal, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, CIT, EVOC, to Departmental Training Officer. We have a large Lecture Hall at our Winder office that can seat 50. We also have a Training Center in Bethlehem that consists of a 50’ range, 25’ range, 200’ range, classroom, 3,600 sq. ft. covered Simunition House, 5,500 sq. ft. Mock School, School Bus, Ranger Paw planning hut, Obstacle Course, CS House, and app. 100 acres that can be used for K9 and/or Tracking.

The Training Unit is responsible for creating, organizing, and instructing lesson plans to our officers and assisting other agencies. Training instructs on-site classes and schedules officers for off-site classes at other police academies and the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Training also instructs many community programs and is highly involved with the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors. Our classes are open to officers from outside agencies and some to military personnel as well.

We have Open Range to the public from 0800-1200 the first Saturday of each month from March to September. Check our calendar and Facebook for more information.

Training Staff
Sgt. David Aderhold, Training Director: Phone: 770-307-3080 x 3936, email:
Dep. Vince Schmidt: Phone: 770-307-3080 x 1427 email:
Dep. Alan Dial: Phone: 770-307-3080 x 1798 email:

You may also reach us at: Phone: 770-307-3080 x 3970 email:

Directions to the Training Office, a schedule of classes, and class registration information are accessible through the Calendar submenu item above.

Please see our Calendar for a list of available classes. Click on the (bold) text on the Calendar for more information on the class. The Calendar also has links (bold text) to our in-service training request forms and out of agency training request forms.

Gun Range Information

Address: 1059 Briscoe Mill Road, Bethlehem, GA 30620
Phone: 770-307-3080 x 3970
For any other questions please call or email the BCSO Training Division.
For Gun Safety Courses please contact the NRA at