Program Director: Gary D. Duncan
Office: Multi-Purpose Center, Room 258
Phone: (409) 880-8022

The Regional Police Academy program of study satisfies the basic training required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards & Education (TCLEOSE) for peace officer licensing. Applicants are required to complete and pass an entrance examination before being considered for acceptance into the Police Academy. The entrance examination is offered periodically throughout the year. The fee for the entrance exam is $15.

All cadets entering the Police Academy must meet minimum standards for entry. The standards include, but are not limited to, the folllowing:

  • Pass a physical examination (including drug screen)
  • Pass a psychological examination
  • Honorable discharge from all military service
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Earned a high school diploma or a GED certificate with 12 hours of college course work (minimum of 2.0 GPA) or 2 years active duty with an honorable discharge

Pass a criminal history and background investigation to determine that the individual:

  1. Has never been convicted of any domestic violence offense
  2. Has never been convicted of, or been on probation for, any Class A Misdemeanor or Felony offense
  3. Has not been convicted of, or been on probation for, a Class B Misdemeanor offense within the last 10 years
  4. Is not currently under indictment for any offense
  5. Is not currently prohibited by any law from owning or possessing a handgun and ammunition
  6. Is not prohibited by any law from operating a motor vehicle

The Police Academy is offered each long semester during the day and once per year at night. The Police Academy offered in the evening, or Night Academy, begins in the fall semester and requires 12 months to complete. Night cadets attend five nights per week along with some Saturdays. A certificate of completion and 15 hours of college credit in CJLE courses will be awarded to those successfully completing the Police Academy.