The Central Texas College (CTC) Police Academy is currently accepting applications for admission to both the full-time and part-time Basic Peace Officer academy courses. The full-time (day) academy will be conducted January 24 through June 24. Classes for this academy are 40 hours a week, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The deadline for submitting applications for the day academy is January 18 at 5:30 p.m.

The part-time (evening) academy will start January 31 and end on December 3.  Classes will be an average of 20 hours a week, Monday through Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m. and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline for submitting applications for the evening academy is January 25 at 5:30 p.m.

The Basic Peace Officer course is a 720-hour-course encompassing all aspects of law enforcement. It is designed to prepare cadets to take the licensing exam to become a peace officer in Texas. Cadets receive extensive hands-on training in defensive tactics, firearms and police vehicle operation and also take written exams on subjects such as victims’ rights, Texas Penal Code, Texas Traffic Code, Texas Family Code, criminal investigation, stress management, problem solving and more. Upon successful completion, the cadet 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 services.

The CTC Protective Service department requires applicants to be at least 21 years of age before completing the course unless they meet the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements to attend between the ages 18 to 21. Applicants must also pass a physical fitness test prior to acceptance and meet the TCOLE minimum requirements for licensing. These include no Class B misdemeanor conviction in the past 10 years, no Class A misdemeanor convictions in the past 10 years, no felony convictions, no conviction of any family violence offense and no controlled substance use for 24 months prior to application without a valid prescription.

Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen, possess a high school diploma, GED or home school diploma, must not be prohibited from operating a motor vehicle, must not be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition and must not have been discharged from military service under dishonorable or bad conduct conditions.

Along with the application, the following documents must also be submitted: a copy of the applicant’s valid Texas (or other state) driver license; original certified copy of birth certificate or proof of U.S. citizenship and a copy of their Social Security card; a copy of high school diploma, GED or home school diploma; official college transcript (if any); photo copy of college degree (if any) and a copy of current proof of automobile liability insurance. Former military service members are required to provide a copy of DD-214 (member 4 copy) form or military discharge papers.

The application packet for both the day and evening academies can be found on the CTC Police Academy website, https://ctc4.me/CTCPoliceAcademy. Anyone interested in applying for the CTC Police Academy must make an appointment to turn in the required paperwork. For more information, can contact CTC at Police.Academy@ctcd.edu or 254-526-1275.

Photo: Cadets in a previous Basic Peace Officer Course take on a tackle sled and body drag during an obstacle course drill as part of the physical fitness training.