The Central Texas College (CTC) Police Academy hosted a virtual completion ceremony recently for 17 cadets in the 11-month, 720-hour Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC). The ceremony was broadcast live on YouTube for families to “attend.” The BPOC Alpha 2020 class was the first class to consist solely of independent cadets as none of the class members were affiliated with a law enforcement agency.

Following guest speaker Joseph Barragan, CTC chief of police, several awards of achievement were presented. Scott Johnson earned the academic honors award for achieving the highest scholastic class average at 98.18 percent. Johnson was also named class president. The Top Gear award for best driving competency was presented to Joshua Gomez. Nicasio Martinez won the Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie Top Gun award for best firearms proficiency. The cadets voted Ricardo Wooten of the Bell County Sheriff’s Department the winner of the Best Guest Instructor award.

Graduates of the CTC Police Academy Basic Peace Officer-Alpha 2020 class were Lewis Castanon, Andy Gamez, Joshua Gomez, Yesenia Gutierrez, Roy Honstein, Christopher Johnson, Scott Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Marshall Krieger, Nicasio Martinez, Justin Pope, Abraham Reyes, Yolanda Serna, James Stewart, Victor Taylor, Steve Torres, Jr. and Tyler Welch.

The CTC Police Academy is designed to prepare students to pass the basic peace officer licensing exam administered by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. The course includes more than 30 topics ranging from three to 68 hours in length. Approximately one-third of the class is devoted to developing the physical skills required to become a peace officer. Each cadet in the CTC Police Academy can earn 23 college credit hours and a certificate of completion. These hours can be applied to the CTC Associate of Applied Science degree in protective service: Texas peace officer. The next daytime BPOC course will begin in January 2021 and a night course will start in February. Applications for both are being accepted through December 18.