Program Information


Programs

The academy provides two types of training programs. A basic police academy is conducted annually. This basic police academy exceeds the requirements of the TCOLE 696-hour Basic Peace Officer course. Cadets who successfully complete the basic police academy are eligible to sit for the TCOLE Basic Peace Officer examination. Those who pass this exam with a score of 70 percent or higher are then certified by TCOLE and are eligible for hire by Texas law enforcement agencies. Secondly, the academy provides continuing education and in-service training for law enforcement and corrections personnel in the Sul Ross State University service area. A variety of courses ranging from four hours to forty hours in length are offered each semester. These courses are designed to fulfill TCOLE mandated training requirements and to meet the unique training needs of area agencies.


Admission

Admission to the basic police academy is open to all persons who meet TCOLE requirements for certification as a Texas peace officer. Admission to in-service and continuing education programs are open to certified law enforcement and corrections personnel. The academy takes pride in using instructors who are experienced law enforcement and corrections people. Active and retired officers, FBI agents, chiefs of police, sheriffs and others with specific areas of expertise are brought in to insure the student receives quality training.


Admission Requirements

RULE §217.1 Minimum Standards for Enrollment and Initial Licensure

(a) In order for an individual to enroll in any basic licensing course the provider must have on file documentation that the individual meets eligibility for licensure and:
  (1) a high school diploma;
  (2) a high school equivalency certificate; or
  (3) for the basic peace officer training course, an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States after at least 24 months of active duty service;
(b) The commission shall issue a license to an applicant who meets the following standards:
  (1) age requirement:
    (A) for peace officers and public security officers, is 21 years of age; or 18 years of age if the applicant has received:
      (i) an associate's degree; or 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university; or
      (ii) has received an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States after at least two years of active service;
    (B) for jailers and telecommunicators is 18 years of age;
  (2) minimum educational requirements:
    (A) has passed a general educational development (GED) test indicating high school graduation level; or
    (B) holds a high school diploma;
  (3) is fingerprinted and is subjected to a search of local, state and U.S. national records and fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;
  (4) has never been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order;
  (5) is not currently charged with any criminal offense for which conviction would be a bar to licensure;
  (6) has never been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years;
  (7) has never been convicted or placed on community supervision in any court of an offense involving family violence as defined under Chapter 71, Texas Family Code;
  (8) for peace officers, is not prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle;
  (9) for peace officers, is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition;
  (10) has been subjected to a background investigation;
  (11) examined by a physician, selected by the appointing or employing agency, who is licensed by the Texas Medical Board. The physician must be familiar with the duties appropriate to the type of license sought and appointment to be made. The appointee must be declared by that professional, on a form prescribed by the commission, within 180 days before the date of appointment by the agency to be:
    (A) physically sound and free from any defect which may adversely affect the performance of duty appropriate to the type of license sought;
    (B) show no trace of drug dependency or illegal drug use after a blood test or other medical test; and
    (C) for the purpose of meeting the requirements for initial licensure, an individual's satisfactory medical exam that is conducted as a requirement of a basic licensing course may remain valid for 180 days from the individual's date of graduation from that academy, if accepted by the appointing agency;
  (12) examined by a psychologist, selected by the appointing, employing agency, or the academy, who is licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. This examination may also be conducted by a psychiatrist licensed by the Texas Medical Board. The psychologist or psychiatrist must be familiar with the duties appropriate to the type of license sought. The individual must be declared by that professional, on a form prescribed by the commission, to be in satisfactory psychological and emotional health to serve as the type of officer for which the license is sought. The examination must be conducted pursuant to professionally recognized standards and methods. The examination process must consist of a review of a job description for the position sought; review of any personal history statements; review of any background documents; at least two instruments, one which measures personality traits and one which measures psychopathology; and a face to face interview conducted after the instruments have been scored. The appointee must be declared by that professional, on a form prescribed by the commission, within 180 days before the date of the appointment by the agency;
    (A) the commission may allow for exceptional circumstances where a licensed physician performs the evaluation of psychological and emotional health. This requires the appointing agency to request in writing and receive approval from the commission, prior to the evaluation being completed; or
    (B) the examination may be conducted by qualified persons identified by Texas Occupations Code §501.004. This requires the appointing agency to request in writing and receive approval from the commission, prior to the evaluation being completed; and
    (C) for the purpose of meeting the requirements for initial licensure, an individual's satisfactory psychological exam that is conducted as a requirement of a basic licensing course may remain valid for 180 days from the individual's date of graduation from that academy, if accepted by the appointing agency;
  (13) has never received a dishonorable or other discharge based on misconduct which bars future military service;
  (14) has not had a commission license denied by final order or revoked;
  (15) is not currently on suspension, or does not have a surrender of license currently in effect;
  (16) meets the minimum training standards and passes the commission licensing examination for each license sought;
  (17) is a U.S. citizen.
(c) For the purposes of this section, the commission will construe any court-ordered community supervision, probation or conviction for a criminal offense to be its closest equivalent under the Texas Penal Code classification of offenses if the offense arose from:
  (1) another penal provision of Texas law; or
  (2) a penal provision of any other state, federal, military or foreign jurisdiction.
(d) A classification of an offense as a felony at the time of conviction will never be changed because Texas law has changed or because the offense would not be a felony under current Texas laws.
(e) A person must meet the training and examination requirements:
  (1) training for the peace officer license consists of:
    (A) the current basic peace officer course(s);
    (B) a commission recognized, POST developed, basic law enforcement training course, to include:
      (i) out of state licensure or certification; and
      (ii) submission of the current eligibility application and fee; or
    (C) a commission approved academic alternative program, taken through a licensed academic alternative provider and at least an associate's degree.
  (2) training for the jailer license consists of the current basic county corrections course(s) or training recognized under Texas Occupations Code §1701.310;
  (3) training for the public security officer license consists of the current basic peace officer course(s);
  (4) training for telecommunicator license consists of telecommunicator course; and
  (5) passing any examination required for the license sought while the exam approval remains valid.
(f) The commission may issue a provisional license, consistent with Texas Occupations Code §1701.311, to an agency for a person to be appointed by that agency. An agency must submit all required applications currently prescribed by the commission and all required fees before the individual is appointed. Upon the approval of the application, the commission will issue a provisional license. A provisional license is issued in the name of the applicant; however, it is issued to and shall remain in the possession of the agency. Such a license may neither be transferred by the applicant to another agency, nor transferred by the agency to another applicant. A provisional license may not be reissued and expires:
  (1) 12 months from the original appointment date;
  (2) on leaving the appointing agency; or
  (3) on failure to comply with the terms stipulated in the provisional license approval.
(g) The commission may issue a temporary jailer license, consistent with Texas Occupations Code §1701.310. An agency must submit all required applications currently prescribed by the commission and all required fees before the individual is appointed. Upon the approval of the application, the commission will issue a temporary jailer license. A temporary jailer license expires:
  (1) 12 months from the original appointment date; or
  (2) on completion of training and passing of the jailer licensing examination. On expiration of a temporary license, a person is not eligible for a new temporary jailer license for one year.
(h) The commission may issue a temporary telecommunicator license, consistent with Texas Occupations Code §1701.405. An agency must submit all required applications currently prescribed by the commission and all required fees before the individual is appointed. Upon the approval of the application, the commission will issue a temporary telecommunicator license. A temporary telecommunicator license expires:
  (1) 12 months from the original appointment date; or
  (2) on completion of training and passing of the telecommunicator licensing examination. On expiration of a temporary license, a person is not eligible for a new temporary telecommunicator license for one year.
(i) A person who fails to comply with the standards set forth in this section shall not accept the issuance of a license and shall not accept any appointment. If an application for licensure is found to be false or untrue, it is subject to cancellation or recall.
(j) The effective date of this section is May 1, 2018.

(Copied directly from the TCOLE website)

Cost of Attending

The cost of attending the basic police academy is $2,950.00 for tuition. Tuition and other costs are not refundable. Additional costs may include but are not limited to necessary uniforms and supplies. It also does not include the cost of meals and lodging. All training materials and supplies are provided by the Academy, including weapons, handcuffs and classroom supplies. Firearms training is conducted with the Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. In addition to the pistol, cadets qualify with the 12-gauge shotgun and are familiarized with the AR-15 assault rifle.

Military veterans may be eligible for funding for tuition and living expenses while attending the academy.  To check eligibility contact Rebecca Percoco at 432-837-8048 or at Lawrence Hall #213.

Other financial assitance may be available through the Texas Workforce Commission or other sources, however Financial Aid will not cover the cost of academy tuition.


Other Requirements

Physical fitness is stressed throughout the basic police academy. Several hours are devoted to arrest tactics, takedown techniques and self-defense. Candidates who are unable to participate in strenuous physical activity should not apply to attend the basic police academy.


Registration

To register for training, call (432) 837-8614. Registration must be made a minimum of five days before the first day of class. If there is a cost for the course, payment will be due before attending class the first day. If you are unable to attend the course after registering, please contact the academy as soon as possible. Unless otherwise noted on the training calendar, all classes will be held in the academy classroom, MAB 202, and all classes will begin at 8:00 a.m. TCOLE credit will be given for all courses.