What do I have to do to get started in the application process for the Academy?

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.

TCOLE Personal History Statement

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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?