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December 29-- The latest class of new Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents includes a Vidalian. 

According to a press release from the GBI, "On December 19, 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) graduated five special agents during a ceremony at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. The new agents completed approximately 600 hours of instruction over four months in preparation for their new assignments.  

They received in-depth training in death investigations, crime scene processing, elder abuse, crimes against children, officer-involved use of force investigations, responding to active shooter situations and much more.

gbiagentSpecial Agent Craig Pittman from Vidalia (center) was a member of the new class. Special Agent Pittman graduated from Georgia Southern College and previously worked with the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office. 

He is being assigned to the Eastman GBI office which provides investigators for the Vidalia area. Attending his graduation ceremony are  (L) Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory Dozier and GBI Director Vernon Keenan.

Peter J. Skandalakis, Executive Director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia served as the keynote speaker for the event.

The GBI is comprised of three divisions: the Georgia Crime Information Center, the Crime Laboratory, and the Investigative Division.

The agency has approximately 878 employees and a budget of $108 million dollars.