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The law enforcement profession demands the mastery of many physical skills such a driving, shooting, and defensive tactics. Much of the training will include hands-on instruction requiring the student to participate in physically demanding tasks.
The Academy requires applicants to pass an entrance physical fitness assessment prior to beginning the Academy. For more information contact the AACOG Law Enforcement Academy staff at 210-362-5291.
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There is no college degree exception for the entrance exam requirement and there are no other exceptions to the other entrance standards.
The Basic Peace Officer Course is over 950 hours. If you are enrolled in the full-time course which is approximately 8 hours per day, you will complete the program in approximately 5-6 months. Note: Due to the logistics of some blocks of training, there will be approximately 2-3 weekend classes during basic academy training. Students are advised of these dates on Orientation Day.
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.
A student is required to pay for the medical/drug screen, the psychological test, background check and a type 1 status record, during the application process. Credit card payments are accepted and students will be given instructions on how to pay by credit card when they receive their acceptance letter. A copy of the confirmed payment will need to be brought to the class facilitator to show proof of payment. Although students are permitted to prepay for everything upfront, a student may opt for our installment, which has no interest rate or fee to participate. The plan calls for a payment of $1750.00 to be paid on Orientation Day of the course, a second payment of $1750.00 is due by mid-term exam.
STEP 1 The enrollment process starts with the completion of the attached application and an entrance exam. There is no study guide for the entrance exam. In order to take the entrance exam, you must bring the following required documentation the day of the exam: 1. Payment in the amount of $35.00. (Only payment in the form of a money order, cashier’s check, credit card, or cash IN THE EXACT AMOUNT will be accepted). 2. Proof of Citizenship (i.e. Birth Certificate or Naturalization Certificate). 3. Valid driver’s license. 4. Copy of high school diploma or high school transcript reflecting date of completion. 5. Copy of GED. 6. Proof of auto liability insurance. 7. Member 4 Form/DD214 (if prior military). STEP 2 Upon successful completion of the entrance exam, you will be given a registration packet that will include the following documents: 1. A-1 form to be completed and signed by applicant; 2. Release of Liability and Hold Harmless form to be signed by applicant in front of a notary; 3. Informed consent form to be signed by applicant; 4. Medical Questionnaire to be completed by applicant and reviewed and signed by a licensed physician; 5. Medical Clearance form to be completed and signed by a licensed physician; 6. L-2 form to be completed and signed by a licensed physician after a complete physical exam and drug screen results; 7. L-3 form to be completed and signed by licensed psychologist or psychiatrist after a complete evaluation; 8. F.A.S.T. background check records request to be completed by applicant; 9. A Type 1 Status Driver record; With the exception of the F.A.S.T. background check records request, the psychological test results, and the type 1 status driver record, all documents must be returned to the Academy prior to scheduling the physical training entrance exam. Note: The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requires all Basic Peace Officer Academy Cadets to complete a Personal History Statement. Applicants should start completing this after they start the application process with the Academy. The Personal History Statement will be due on the first day of class.
Yes. Tuition Payment Options:
Financial Aid Option Veterans Administration. Students who qualify for Veterans Benefits may call (888) 442- 4551 for verification of these benefits. Students must notify the Academy that they intend to use this as a source of financial aid. Once approved by the V.A. students will complete all necessary paper work on Orientation Day. If the V.A. pays the student directly while attending class, the student must make his / her payment under option 1 or 2 listed below. If using Post 9-1-1, the VA will pay the school directly.
Tuition Payment Option 1 •Student may pay the entire tuition fee in one payment. Tuition Payment Option 2 •Student may make two scheduled payments. Day 1 of Orientation Day: $1750.00 •Balance is due by Mid-term exam: $1,750.00.