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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.
• Also in included with the tuition are additional certifications and trainings in:o CPR/AED trainingo Tactical trauma careo Baton trainingo OC “Pepper” Spray trainingo TASER (Electronic Control Device)o Active shooter first responder trainingo National Academy for Professional Driving (NAPD) Tactical Police Drivingo Body worn camera trainingo RADAR and LIDAR trainingAdditional Costs: During the application process students must pay for their state mandated medical clearance and drug screening (about $100.00). The state mandated psychological testing is also about $100.00, and the state mandated background check is about $40.00. The cost for the psychological is payable to the Academy, but the medical/drug screen and the background check are payable to the facilities performing the service.
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. Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire to be completed by applicant; 5. Medical Questionnaire to be completed by applicant and reviewed and signed by a licensed physician; 6. Medical Clearance form to be completed and signed by a licensed physician; 7. L-2 form to be completed and signed by a licensed physician after a complete physical exam and drug screen results; 8. L-3 form to be completed and signed by licensed psychologist or psychiatrist after a complete evaluation; 9. F.A.S.T. background check records request to be completed by applicant; 10. Financial Agreement form to be completed and signed by applicant; 11. Letters of Verification to be completed by applicants who are employed by a law enforcement agency and signed by applicant’s agency administrator.
With the exception of the F.A.S.T. background check records request and the psychological test results,, 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
Financial Aid OptionVeterans 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. Since the V.A. pays the student directly while attending class, the student must make his / her payment under option 1 or 2 listed above. More Info