At Lamar Institute of Technology you can get the education you need to get started or move ahead in a challenging career in criminal justice, law enforcement, fire protection, emergency medical services, or homeland security. Lamar Institute of Technology offers educational options ranging from certificate programs that can be completed in one or two semesters, to two-year associate of applied science degrees that qualify you for entry-level positions. Not sure which public service career option is right for you? Take a look at programs offered within the Public Service & Safety Department and then give us a call or send us an E-mail. We look forward to discussing the many career and educational opportunities available here at Lamar Institute of Technology.

Requirements to attend the Police Academy

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and the Regional Police Academy Program Advisory Committee establish eligibility. You must be at least 21 years of age, a high school graduate, and in excellent physical and emotional condition. If you have not completed high school, then you need a GED certificate. Look at the Regional Police Academy section for details on requirements and contact the Regional Police Academy Director at (409) 880-8022 for answers to any questions you might have. The phone number for is (512) 936-7700.

Requirements to attend the Fire Academy

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) and the Fire Protection Technology Program establishes eligibility criteria for Fire Academy students. Fire Academy students must 1) be at least 18 years of age, 2) be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate, and 3) be in excellent physical condition. For additional details about requirements and qualifications regarding the Fire Academy, please contact the program coordinator at (409) 832-5041. The Texas Commission on Fire Protection may be contacted at (512) 936-3816.

Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Careers

Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Careers LIT offers three degrees in Public Safety: Criminal Justice (CJ), Homeland Security Specialist (HMSY) and Homeland Security Crime Scene Technician (HCST). Each degree helps students jump start their careers with Federal, State, Local, and Private Sector jobs. Examples of positions are: Corrections and Law Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Domestic Nuclear Detection, Fire Technology, Emergency Communications and Management, Intelligence and Analysis, Operations Coordination and Planning, Private Security Management, Private Investigation, Transportation Security, and the United States Coast Guard.

Graduates of our Police and Fire Academies receive 15 semester hours toward the HMSY & CJ degrees, and Basic EMT graduates receive 6 semester hours toward the HMSY & HCST degrees. Many major law enforcement agencies hire civilian personnel to work as crime scene technicians.

Financial Aid

You may qualify for financial assistance or scholarship for the academy or any other classes at Lamar Institute of Technology. Contact the Financial Aid/Scholarship Office for an application when you enroll. The phone number for the Student Financial Aid/Scholarships office is (409) 880-2037.

Employment Opportunities

Completion of any educational program does not guarantee employment. Students enrolled in the Public Service and Safety Department programs receive basic training necessary for entry into the challenging field of public service and safety. Experienced and qualified instructors provide training. Graduates gain tremendous satisfaction knowing that they are helping and protecting others. Graduates should research the classified advertisements and the internet to identify employment opportunities.