Is the AACOG Law Enforcement Academy right for me?
The AACOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy is a vocational training organization that prides itself on preparing people for a career in public service as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and first responder emergency dispatchers.
In order to achieve this, the Academy is a structured para-military environment with its own rules and expectations for police cadets attending basic peace officer training. These rules and expectations align with those of policing agencies, and as such, this better prepares police cadets for entering the law enforcement profession and meeting the expectations of future employers.
Over the years, Academy personnel have addressed cadet performance issues to include:
- Excessive Tardiness and/or Absences
- Cell phone/Smart phone usage during class or training sessions
- Sleeping in Class
- Failure to meet the Minimum Academic and Physical Training Standards of the Academy
- Disrespect towards other Cadets
The Academy employs a progressive discipline approach to violations that can range from coaching up to and including removal from the course.
To ensure your success in the program, it is highly recommended you make sure you are willing to abide by the rules of the Academy. Everyone accepted into the basic peace officer program will have the rules of the Academy shared with them during class orientation, and they will need to provide written acknowledgement they have read and understood these rules.
If you feel there are concerns or issues in your current situations in life that may prevent you from meeting the expectations of the AACOG Basic Peace Officer Program, you may want to reconsider applying for the Academy until you are sure you will be able to meet the established standards of the program.
Can anyone join a law enforcement academy and become a peace officer?
No, you must meet certain eligibility requirements set by state law and the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
Cf. State Law
What things may keep me from being eligible to attend the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy?
- Not meeting state required basic educational certifications.
- In order for an individual to enroll in any basic licensing course the individual must meet the following standards:
A search of local, state and national criminal records that:
i. the individual is not currently charged with any criminal offense
ii. the individual has never been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order.
iii. the individual has never been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years
iv. the individual has never been convicted of any family violence offense
v. the individual is not prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle.
- An individual who has had a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge or a bad conduct discharge from military service will be ineligible.
- An individual who is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition will be ineligible.
Does the Academy disqualify applicants for any other reason than those mentioned above?
You must pass an entrance exam that determines level of basic reading, writing and math skills. In addition, you must also pass a physical examination, psychological examination, drug screening, and meet a physical fitness standard. Failure to pass any one of these requirements will exclude an applicant from the Academy.
There is no college degree exception for the entrance exam requirement and there are no other exceptions to the other entrance standards.
How long does a basic academy take to complete?
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.
What is the cost of the academy?
Effective November 1, 2016, the basic tuition for this course is $2,900.00. Tuition covers:
*Class A and Class B AACOG Academy uniforms
*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 included with the tuition are additional certifications and trainings in:
Tactical trauma care
OC "Pepper" Spray
TASER (Electronic Control Device)
Active shooter first responder
NAPD (National Academy for Professional Driving) 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 (About $108.00). The state mandated psychological testing 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.
Do I have to pay the entire cost up front?
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.
For Tuition: 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 up front, a student may opt for our installment, which has no interest rate or fee to participate. The plan calls for a payment of $1,450.00 to be paid on Orientation Day of the course, a second payment of $1,450.00 is due by mid-term exam.
Does the Academy offer any financial assistance?
Other than the installment plan mentioned above, the Academy is approved for V.A. Benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs program.
Are uniforms required?
As a traditional police academy, we have standards that govern rules of conduct; including a dress code. This code requires the wearing of the approved Academy uniform. Unless a student is currently employed by a law enforcement agency and is authorized by that agency to wear their dress uniform, all students must wear the approved Academy uniform.
Does the Academy require me to purchase a weapon?
No the Academy will provide all firearms related training weapons. No personal weapons will be allowed at the Academy, including all training.