Is there any physical training involved?
The law enforcement profession demands the mastery of many physical skills such as driving, shooting, and defensive tactics. Much of the training will include hands-on instruction requiring the student to participate in physically demanding tasks.
The Academy requires applicants to pass an entrance physical fitness assessment prior to beginning the Academy. For more information: Please contact Academy staff at 210-362-5291.
How lenient is the Academy on attendance if I have schedule conflicts?
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) mandates attendance requirements. For this reason, the Academy requires, without exception, that you attend 95% of all classroom instruction and 100% of all tactical "hands on" training. Failure to meet this standard will result in termination from the program.
Are there any other issues that may cause termination?
Typically poor attendance and poor academics account for a large part of class attrition. However, violations of a stringent code of conduct can result in termination. As a Texas Peace Officer you will be held to a higher ethical and professional standard than the average citizen and this is reinforced in our Academy. Consequently, cadets are required to avoid conduct that is unbecoming to a Peace Officer.
Does the Academy assist me with job placement if I successfully complete this course?
Yes. Although the Academy does not have a formal job placement office, law enforcement recruiters frequently visit the Academy, and the Academy holds job fairs for all cadets. We also make every effort to make our cadets aware of job prospects and facilitate the employment process.
What do I have to do to get started in the application process for the Academy?
The enrollment process starts with the completion of a passing grade on 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, check, credit/debit 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).
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 a 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 Drivers 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.
How will I know that I've been accepted to the Academy?
Class space is limited. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The first 40 applicants who have successfully completed and returned all documentation will be seated in the current class. All remaining applicants will be seated in the next scheduled class.
Applicants with incomplete documentation will be seated in the next scheduled class after receipt of all completed documents. Applicants will be notified by mail or email two to three weeks prior to the scheduled class date that they have been accepted into the Academy. Applicants are expected to confirm their intention to attend the mandatory orientation day when they receive the email.
Is the Academy Veteran Affairs Approved?
Yes. Tuition Payment Options:
Financial Aid Option Veterans 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 paperwork on Orientation Day. If the V.A. pays the student directly while attending class, the student must make his/her payment under Tuition Option 1 or 2 listed below. If using Post 9-1-1, the V. A. will pay the school directly.
Tuition Option 1: Student may pay the entire tuition fee in one payment.
Tuition Option 2: Student may make two scheduled payments. Day 1, Orientation Day $1,450.00. Balance will be due by Mid-Term exam $1,450.00.