What is the cost of the academy?

Effective December 2, 2021, the basic tuition for this course is $3,500.  Tuition payment is split in two payments.  The first payment is due on Orientation Day, the second half of the payment is due by mid-term. Tuition covers: •Class A and Class B AACOG Academy uniforms •Books •Use of Academy training pistols, training ammunition, and protective gear •Use of Academy firearms pistols and shotguns •Live ammunition for the pistols and shotguns •Use of Academy patrol vehicles •Use of duty gear and other equipment (including training baton, training, TASER, and training OC Spray) •Also in included with the tuition are additional certifications and trainings in: CPR/AED Tactical trauma care ASP Baton OC “Pepper” Spray  TASER (Electronic Control Device) Active shooter first responder National Academy for Professional Driving (NAPD) Tactical Police Driving Body worn camera RADAR and LIDAR Additional Costs: During the application process students must pay for their state mandated medical clearance and drug screening ($112.50). The state mandated psychological testing is $300.00, and the state mandated background check (about $40.00). The cost for the medical/drug screen, psychological evaluation,  driving record and the background check are payable to the facilities performing the service.

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1. Is the Academy Right for Me?
2. Can anyone join a law enforcement academy and become a peace officer?
3. What things may keep me from being eligible to attend the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy?
4. Does the Academy disqualify applicants for any other reason than those mentioned above?
5. How long does a basic academy take to complete?
6. What is the cost of the academy?
7. Do I have to pay the entire cost up front?
8. Does the Academy offer any financial assistance?
9. Are uniforms required?
10. Does the Academy require me to purchase a weapon?
11. Is there any physical training involved?
12. How lenient is the Academy on attendance if I have schedule conflicts?
13. Are there any other issues that may cause termination?
14. Does the Academy assist me with job placement if I successfully complete this course?
15. What do I have to do to get started in the application process for the Academy?
16. How will I know that I've been accepted to the Academy?
17. Is the Academy Veteran Affairs Approved?