Law Enforcement Academy
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The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) is currently taking applications for next class which starts January 16, 2024. All Personal History Statements (PHS) and required paperwork and documentation are due within two (2) weeks of being issued to you. Last day to accept a (PHS) is January 5, 2024 by 12 p.m. All medical (L2) and psychological (L3) are due by the date assigned to you by the LEA. Current TCOLE licensed Jailers and Dispatchers using a Declaration of Licensing Course Enrollment Eligibility (DOLCE/L1) are due by January 5, 2024, by 5 p.m. Those who do not meet the deadlines may be considered for the Summer 2024 academy. All applicants and required documents will be accepted by appointment please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule. All documents will be turned in at the First Responders Academy located at 15775 IH 35 South, Atascosa, TX 78002.
What is the Law Enforcement Academy program?
San Antonio College's (SAC) Law Enforcement Academy is designed to prepare the individual for a career in law enforcement and correctional science.
The program offers a Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE) approved law enforcement academy. Also, in collaboration with the Criminal Justice Program an AAS degree available to achieve an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Degree for career advancement.
For more information or to request an application please email email@example.com.
- Law Enforcement, Level I Certificate
- This certificate offers students the opportunity to begin working on courses that will satisfy requirements under the A.A.S. degree in Law Enforcement.
- With this award, you may seek jobs such as: entry-level law enforcement upon receiving a TCOLE license.
Please note: Starting Spring 2024, we will be making the move to the Basic Peace Officer 736 Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE) curriculum in compliance with the 88th Legislation Session, TCOLE and the San Antonio College TCOLE Advisory Board. Starting 2023, the Law Enforcement Academy will no longer be having a weekend academy.
What's special about the program?
Instructors in this program are seasoned active or veterans in the law enforcement service with many years of cumulative teaching and different professions in the criminal justice system.
What will I learn?
Courses are designed to provide knowledge and techniques for understanding how criminal justice and social structures influence human behavior.
The purpose of the San Antonio College Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Peace Officer course, a 720 hour course of study, is to prepare prospective law enforcement officers for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Certification Exam. Students who successfully complete the academic academy will earn a Level 1 Certificate in Law Enforcement and will be able to sit for the TCOLE Basic Peace Officer State Exam
In addition, upon successful completion, the student may apply the Level 1 Certificate towards the Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science (AAS – Law Enforcement option). The academy also offers TCOLE in-service courses for the purpose of enhancing the Peace Officers’ level of proficiency and meeting training requirements.
BPOC (Basic Police Officer Certification)
Training as a peace officer at San Antonio College Law Enforcement Academy is a great way to start an exciting career.
Students work with instructors who are experienced peace officers.
Studies include topics that reflect real-life situations.
We maintain relationships with area police agencies as prospective employers for graduates.
The San Antonio College Law Enforcement Academy may be taken as credit or noncredit.
(Noncredit for those who qualify: live out of district or already have a degree from an accredited college or university) .
San Antonio College Law Enforcement Academy is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. (TCOLE).
For registeration, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Civilian (Non-Licensed Person)
In order to become licensed as a peace officer in Texas there are four requirements:
- meet the minimum standards for enrollment and initial licensure;
- successful completion of the basic licensing course;
- passing of the state licensing examination; and
- appointment by a law enforcement agency
If you are a current TCOLE licensed Jailer or Dispatcher please contact us by email email@example.com. You might be eligible to apply using the Declaration of Licensing Course Enrollment Eligibility (DOLCE).
What can I do with this course study?
Qualified graduates to seek employment for most municipal police departments, county jails, or state correctional facilities.
The Academy is approved for 24 semester credit hours (CE option available for those who qualify).
YES. It may take several months to go through an application process for police agencies. The Academy does sessions for numerous areas for law enforcement agencies. Some agencies will allow academy cadets to participate in their application process prior to graduation; with potential employment contingent upon passing the State licensing examination.
You must be 21 years of age prior to graduation from the academy. To be admitted, a prospective student must comply with TCOLE rule 217.1
NONE. You are expected to attend all sessions fo the academy.
YES, to qualified students and veterans.
Financial aid: 21ALAMO (210-212-5266) Toll Free: 1-844-20ALAMO (1-8944-202-5266)
SAC Veterans Affairs Office: 210-486-0111
Students will be provided a list of required supplies to include: uniforms, safety glasses, ear protection and note-taking materials. (See academy packet for details and equipment list)
NONE. The Police Academy will supply all handgun weapon and hand gun ammunition needed for training.
Tuition/fees must be paid at time of registration, payment plans options are available, Financial Aid and Benefits may be used by those who qualify.
Day classes - An academy is offered in both the Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Night Classes - An academy is offered in both the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
There is five (phase) course in the Level One Certificate-Law Enforcement.
You may contact the Protective Services Office.
Phone: (210) 486-1692
Phone: (210) 212-5266
YES. The Academy is the first step. The second step is the licensing exam (TCOLE). After passing the licensing exam, you are eligible to be employed as a Texas peace officer.
YES. The academy class follows the college holiday schedule. Students will receive a class calendar on the first day of the class. We are a open learning course and do not always follow the traditional college start and end dates.
LEA Registration Dates (Spring 2024)
The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) is currently taking applications for the next class which starts in January 16,2024. There will be a morning and evening academy starting (no new weekend academy).
- All Personal History Statements (PHS) and required paperwork and documentation are due within two (2) weeks of being issued to you. Last day to accept a (PHS) is January 5, 2024 by 12 p.m.
- All medical (L2) and psychological (L3) are due by the date assigned to you by the LEA.
- Current TCOLE licensed Jailers and Dispatchers using a Declaration of Licensing Course Enrollment Eligibility (DOLCE/L1) are due by January 5, 2024 by 5 p.m.
Those who do not meet the deadlines may be considered for the Summer 2024 academy.
For more information or to request an application please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Semester Important Dates
- Police Academy Applicants Deadline: January 5, 2024 by 12 p.m.
- Police Academy Applicants (current detention officers and dispatchers) Deadline: January 5, 2024 by 5 p.m.
Basic Peace Officer I, II, III, IV and V
Day & Night Classes start: Fall 2024, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024
- Day: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. / Monday - Friday
- Night: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. / Monday - Friday
De La Portilla, Gilbert
Mayfield, Van James
Rolando Barrientez, M.A.A.
LEA Faculty Instructor
First Responders Academy