Police Academy
Basic Peace Officer Training
(Level I Certificate)


Police Academy
WCJC operates a licensed police academy certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).  Students who successfully complete the required training are eligible to take the state licensing examination to become a licensed peace officer in the State of Texas.

The police academy offers both day and evening classes.  Day classes are held at the Wharton campus: 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday, and complete in one semester (17 weeks).  Evening classes are held at the Richmond campus: 6:00pm-10:00pm Monday through Friday, and complete in two semesters (34 weeks).  Students must register for all courses as a semester block.  A class average of 80% and a minimum grade of 80 on exams are required for successful completion of the Basic Peace Officer Certificate course.  

Testing is NOT required for entrance into the program.     

     A Wharton day class is scheduled to begin January 8, 2018
     A Richmond evening class is scheduled to begin August 20, 2018
Apply early!  Student information/registration packets are prepared for each individual academy and are distributed to each applicant for the requested class. 
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