The basic academy program involves more than 696 hours of classroom and hands-on training. This course is available to police departments sending recruits, or individual applicants. Completion of this training allows individuals to take the TCOLE licensing examination to become a Texas Peace Officer.
The basic academy program is available to individuals who meet admission standards and are accepted for attendance. Attendees must be prepared for a demanding program. The process is mentally and physically challenging. There are significant time demands both in and out of the classroom. But the rewards are high for those who are capable of the challenge. Policing is an honorable profession. Service to others is a high calling, one that few are willing to accept in their lives.
Our program typically runs Monday – Thursday during the day. Alternative times may be available as local demand requires and time allows.
We have very strict attendance and appearance standards. We require participation in physical training regiments and expect attendees to maintain the highest standards of ethical behavior. You will have to pass a thorough background investigation, physical examination, drug screen and psychological screening.
Still interested? Training Coordinators should contact the Academy Coordinator directly. If you are applying as an independent applicant, your first step is to review the admission standards. Here you can learn about what is required to attend, read about the background investigation process, and learn about enrollment, fees, required equipment, withdrawal, dropping, disability accommodation and Veterans information.