Welcome home Trooper Riner
by Halei Lamb | July 3, 2018 1:24 pm
by BILL CAHILL
Payton Riner is an Emanuel County native. He attended and graduated from Emanuel County Institute. In 2013, Riner graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, held at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro. He began his career in law enforcement as a Police Officer in Millen, and as a Deputy Sheriff in Jenkins County. In May of 2014, Riner was hired by the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office, where he rose to the rank of corporal and was assigned to the traffic unit.
Starting in 2016, many changes were taking place in the Georgia State Patrol. First was an increase in the salary for Troopers, and second-a change in how assignments of new troopers were made. In the past, new troopers found themselves based across the state far from home. Under the new change, employees are assigned to a Post close to home. As a result of these changes, Riner decided to apply to become a Trooper.
On October 1, 2017, he entered the 102nd Trooper School held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. After eight months of mentally and physically intensive training, he graduated as Trooper 185 and received his assignment to Post 19 Swainsboro on May 11. In addition to his duties as a Trooper, Riner also serves his community as a Certified Firefighter, First Responder and Chief of the Garfield Volunteer Fire Department. He is presently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Reinhardt University.
If you are interested in becoming a State Trooper, there are presently two classes in training at Forsyth, contact SFC Brad Mosher at Post 19, 478-289-2599.