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Law Enforcement Academy

Enrollment Standards

If you're interested in attending any Basic Peace Officer Academy, you must meet all enrollment standards set forth by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. These standards are firm and do not provide for any exceptions. Please review them carefully by visiting the Texas Administrative Code and locating Chapter 217.1  Minimum Enrollment and Licensing Standards. Applicants must also complete a Personal History Statement available through the Academy before applying. 

Important Dates for Basic Peace Officer Academy #39

  • Registration Opens: Currently Open
  • Registration Closes:
    • For Independents: June 10
    • For Agencies: June 17
  • First Day of Class: June 24, 2024
  • Graduation: November 9, 2024

General Guidelines

The cost for the Academy includes six courses: Basic Peace Officer I, II, III, IV, V, and Patrol Procedures which will be completed in sequence to constitute the TCOLE-approved Basic Peace Officer Academy for a total of 819 hours of instruction. Students must register in all six courses concurrently. Space is limited in the Basic Peace Officer Academy so please register early. Application and associated paperwork are available at TJC West Campus, Office of Continuing Studies, 1530 SSW Loop 323, Tyler, Texas.

The tuition and fees for the Academy do not cover the cost of uniforms and other equipment a cadet will be responsible for supplying. Other expenses such as physicals, drug screening, criminal background investigation, and psych evaluation are not covered under tuition and fees. Independent cadets are responsible for those expenses. The cadet’s sponsoring agency may furnish some of the additional equipment.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the Law Enforcement Academy is covered under VA benefits and the Texas Hazlewood Act.

About Our Program

Our rigorous program equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for their future roles as officers. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a legacy that serves and protects our communities.

Our Mission and Commitment

Since 1989, the TJC Law Enforcement Academy has unwaveringly served the community by training Basic Peace Officers. Our graduates are not only well-prepared but also deeply committed to safeguarding our neighborhoods. We conduct multiple classes throughout the year, ensuring a consistent supply of dedicated officers ready to make a difference.

Expertise and Excellence

Our esteemed team of instructors collectively boasts over 390 years of experience across 50 areas of criminal justice. Their expertise spans the entire spectrum of law enforcement, from investigative techniques to community policing. As a result, our trainees receive a comprehensive foundation that prepares them for the challenges they will face in their future roles.

The TJC Advantage

  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Approved: Our Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC) is rigorously designed and TCOLE-approved. Participants acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to excel as officers.
  • Classroom Training and Hands-On Experience: Through a blend of classroom instruction and practical exercises, our trainees not only prepare for the state licensing examination but also gain firsthand insights into the complexities of police work.
  • Exceeding Standards: We don’t settle for meeting standards; we exceed them. Our commitment to excellence ensures that our graduates are exceptionally well-prepared to serve and protect.


Awarded Credit Hours: Once you successfully pass the state Peace Officer – licensing exam and upon applying to TJC, you may be awarded up to 12 hours of college credit.