Basic Program

 

The mission of the academy is to provide training and testing that ensures each student graduates with the demonstrated character, knowledge, problem-solving abilities, human relations, communication and physical skills necessary to meet the professional standards required of a peace officer.

 

The Hill College Police Academy strives to prepare students mentally, morally and physically to advance into a field-training program, assume the responsibilities and execute the duties of a peace officer in society.  This Academy also strives to assure the missions of TCOLE and Hill College are met.

 

The basic academy program involves over 800 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.

The next Basic Peace Officer Course is set to begin July 8, 2019.

 

The link below will forward you to a pre-screening form.  This form will be used to determine if you meet minimum admission standards for the police academy.  Completion of the form does not qualify you for attendance.  There are numerous steps in the application process.

 

In-Service Program

 

The mission of the in-service program is to provide training that ensures officers continue to meet the professional standards required of a peace officer.

 

The in-service training program strives to advance the knowledge and skills of criminal justice practitioners, better equipping them to continue the practice of their duties and responsibilities in society.

In-Service Classes

Intermediate Classes add
Intermediate Classes
Description Registration
Spanish (Intermediate) (# 2109)
Cost: $179.00
Location: Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Building 76)
Dates: June 10, 2019
Hours: 20
Prerequisites: None
Dress Code: Uniform or business casual
Additional Information: N/A
Child Abuse (Intermediate) (# 2105)
Cost: $203.00
Location: Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Building 76)
Dates: Not Currently Scheduled
Hours: 24
Prerequisites: None
Supplies: Pen and paper.
Dress Code: Uniform or business casual
Additional Information: N/A
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Missing and Exploited Children (# 2105) & Child Safety Alert Checklist
Cost:
$79.00
Location:
Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Building 76)
Dates: 
Not Currently Scheduled
Hours:
8
Prerequisites:
None
Supplies:
Pen and paper.
Dress Code:
Uniform or business casual
Additional Information:
N/A
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Special Investigative Topics (# 3737)
Cost:
$79.00
Location:
Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Building 76)
Dates: 
Not Currently Scheduled
Hours:
8
Prerequisites:
None
Supplies:
Pen and paper.
Dress Code:
Uniform or business casual
Additional Information:
N/A

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Legislatively Required Classes add
Legislatively Required Classes
Description Registration
State and Federal Law Update (# 3185)
Cost: $39.00
Location: Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Building 76)
Dates:  Not currently scheduled
Hours: 4
Prerequisites: None
Supplies:
Pen and paper.
Dress Code:
Uniform or business casual
Additional Information: N/A
Interacting With Drivers Who are Deaf and HOH (# 7887)
Cost: $39.00
Location: Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Building 76)
Dates:  Not currently scheduled
Hours: 4
Prerequisites: None
Supplies: Pen and paper
Dress Code: Uniform or business casual
Additional Information: N/A
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De-Escalation Techniques (# 1849)
Cost: $39.00
Location: Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Building 76)
Dates:  Not currently scheduled
Hours: 8
Prerequisites: None
Supplies:
Pen and paper.
Dress Code:
Uniform or business casual
Additional Information: N/A
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Instructor Development Classes add
Instructor Development Courses
Description Registration
Basic Instructor (# 1014)
Cost: $279.00
Location: Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Building 76)
Dates:  Not currently scheduled
Hours: 40
Prerequisites:
Two years’ experience as a peace officer, telecommunicator, or jailer; or a bachelor’s degree and two years of teaching experience; or a graduate degree.
Supplies:
Pen and paper. Laptop computer recommended.
Dress Code:
Uniform or business casual
Additional Information: N/A
Firearms Instructor (# 3737)
Cost: $279.00
Location: Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Building 76)
Dates:  Not currently scheduled
Hours: 40
Prerequisites
• Not prohibited by state or federal law or rule from attending training related to firearms or from possessing a firearm;
• Never had a license or certificate issued by the commission suspended or revoked;
• Currently hold an Instructor Certificate issued by the commission
• The student will be required to shoot two courses of fire (pistol/shotgun) on the first day with a minimum of 90% (2 attempts). If the student is unable to achieve 90% then they will not be allowed to participate in the course at this time.
Supplies
• Pen and paper
• Duty belt
• Ballistic Vest (wear is mandatory)
• Flashlight (in addition to any weapon-mounted light)
• Handgun – Semi-Automatic (with at least 3 magazines; single stacks 4 magazines)
• Handgun – Revolver (.38 or .45) (at least one speed loader and pouch is recommended, but not required)
• Shotgun – Duty Style ( a sling is recommended, but not required)
• Eye protection
• Ear protection
• Gun cleaning equipment for all weapons
• Ammunition: 750 rounds for semi-automatic handgun; 100 rounds for revolver; 30 rounds 00 buckshot [9 pellet]; 20 rounds of rifled slugs
Dress Code:
Dress should be appropriate for outdoor training on a firearms range.
Additional Information: N/A
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Firearms Classes add
Firearms Classes
Description Registration
Firearms Instructor (# 3737)
Cost: $279.00
Location: Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Building 76)
Dates:  Not currently scheduled
Hours: 40
Prerequisites
• Not prohibited by state or federal law or rule from attending training related to firearms or from possessing a firearm;
• Never had a license or certificate issued by the commission suspended or revoked;
• Currently hold an Instructor Certificate issued by the commission
• The student will be required to shoot two courses of fire (pistol/shotgun) on the first day with a minimum of 90% (2 attempts). If the student is unable to achieve 90% then they will not be allowed to participate in the course at this time.
Supplies
• Pen and paper
• Duty belt
• Ballistic Vest (wear is mandatory)
• Flashlight (in addition to any weapon-mounted light)
• Handgun – Semi-Automatic (with at least 3 magazines; single stacks 4 magazines)
• Handgun – Revolver (.38 or .45) (at least one speed loader and pouch is recommended, but not required)
• Shotgun – Duty Style ( a sling is recommended, but not required)
• Eye protection
• Ear protection
• Gun cleaning equipment for all weapons
• Ammunition: 750 rounds for semi-automatic handgun; 100 rounds for revolver; 30 rounds 00 buckshot [9 pellet]; 20 rounds of rifled slugs
Dress Code:
Dress should be appropriate for outdoor training on a firearms range.
Additional Information: N/A
Register for Class

 

Defensive Tactics Classes add
Defensive Tactics Classes
Description Registration

Strategies of Defense:  Ground Skills
Cost: $79.00
Location: Hill College, Hillsboro, Texas (Building 76)
Dates:  May 23, 2019 (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Hours: 8
Prerequisites
• This course is for peace officers or correctional staff.
Supplies
• Mouth guard
• Pen and paper
• Wrestling shoes are acceptable on the training mats
• Bring snacks, water and a lunch
Dress Code:
Dress should be appropriate for physical activity.
Additional Information: 
Hill College Police Academy in partnership with Select Jiu-Jitsu is offering an 8 hour training day focused to ground skills.  Those who have been in field confrontations know that altercations often end up on the ground.  This can lead to increased risk of serious injury to officers.

Instructors:  Lance and Mindy Yager (Owners – Select Jiu Jitsu in Waco, Texas)
Assistant:  Mike Hughes (HCPA Coordinator & Gracie Survival Tactics Level 2 Instructor)

Topics:

• Avoiding being taken down
• Reducing injury from the fall
• Avoiding the mount
• Escaping the mount
• Escaping side control positions
• Reducing damage from strikes
• Avoiding or escaping a choke
• Defending in the guard position
• Protecting your weapon
• Getting to your feet and transitioning to a tool

This training will be offered throughout the year to allow departments and officers an opportunity to learn and practice these valuable skills. 

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Investigations Classes add
Content Pending

 

Other Classes add
Content Pending

 


Contact

Mike Hughes
Police Academy Coordinator
112 Lamar
Hillsboro, TX 76645
254.659.7983
mwhughes@hillcollege.edu

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