Law Enforcement Academy

Program Type: Face-to-Face
Department: First Responders Academy
Institute: Public Service
College: SAC
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The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) is currently taking applications for next day and evening classes (part-time academy) which starts September 3, 2024, We will be taking applications starting on August 1, 2024, the "full time academy" that starts January 13, 2025.

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) for the day and evening classes is August 20, 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 August 20, 2024, by 5 p.m. Those who do not meet the deadlines may be considered for the Spring 2025 academy. All applicants and required documents will be accepted by appointment please contact sac-lea@alamo.edu to schedule. All documents will be turned in at the First Responders Academy located at 15775 IH 35 South, Atascosa, TX 78002.

To apply email: sac-lea@alamo.edu

Full Time Academy:

Last day to accept a (PHS) for the day and evening classes is June 24, 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 June 24, 2024, by 5 p.m. Those who do not meet the deadlines may be considered for the January 2025 full time academy or could enroll into the Fall 2024 day or evening academy. All applicants and required documents will be accepted by appointment please contact sac-lea@alamo.edu to schedule. All documents will be turned in at the First Responders Academy located at 15775 IH 35 South, Atascosa, TX 78002.

To apply email: sac-lea@alamo.edu

***If you are agency sponsored or an agency sponsoring a cadet, please email Director Rolando Barrientez at rbarrientez@alamo.edu***

We will be closed for the Winter Break from December 19, 2024 - January 1, 2025.

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 sac-lea@alamo.edu.

  • 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.

Courses

Texas Peace Officer

The purpose of the San Antonio College Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Peace Officer course, a 736 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).

TCOLE Training

For registeration, e-mail: sac-lea@alamo.edu

2024 Community Outreach Calendar IPMBA Police Bike school March 2024 CIT 1850 (40 hours) April 2024
Advanced Instructor 1017 March 2024 IPMBA Police Bike School June 2024 De Escalation 1849 May 2024
Basic Instructor Course 1014 May 2024 IPMBA Police Bike School Nov 2024 Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation (32106) April 2024
CIT Refresher 3843 May 2024 4065 Canine Encounters May 2024 Advanced DWI Investigation & Enforcement Course
Firearms Instructor Course 2222 March 2024 7887 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Flyer May 2024 8 Hour SFST Update

TCOLE Requirements

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

TCOLE website

If you are a current TCOLE licensed Jailer or Dispatcher please contact us by email sac-lea@alamo.edu. 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.

FAQs

Is college credit awarded?

The Academy is approved for 24 semester credit hours (CE option available for those who qualify).

Are there jobs available?

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.

Do you have an age limit?

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

https://www.tcole.texas.gov/content/commission-rules

 

How much of the Academy can I miss?

NONE. You are expected to attend all sessions fo the academy.

Is financial aid available?

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

Email: sac-va@alamo.edu

What additional supplies will I need for class?

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)

What kind of gun will I need?

NONE. The Police Academy will supply all handgun weapon and hand gun ammunition needed for training.

When do I pay for classes?

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.

When is the Basic Peace Officer course offered?

Day: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Monday - Friday
Night: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. | Monday - Friday

Full Time Academy: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Monday - Friday

Earlier reporting in times-will be mandatory tim to time

Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement is now a requirement-reporting time will be 6:30 a.m. for full time, 7:30 a.m. for day and 4:30 p.m. on the dates and times the course is assigned to you.

There are five (phases) courses in the Level One Certificate - Law Enforcement.

Where can I get more information?

You may contact the Protective Services Office.

Phone: (210) 486-1692

E-mail: sac-lea@alamo.edu

Who can assist me in applying to San Antonio College?

Welcome Center

Phone: (210) 212-5266

Email: sac-outreach@alamo.edu

Will this course certify me as a police officer in Texas?

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.

Will we have any time off from school?

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 (Summer 2024)

The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) is currently taking applications for next day and evening classes (part-time academy) which starts September 3, 2024. We will be taking applications starting on August 1, 2024, the "full time academy" that starts January 13, 2025.

Day and Evening 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) for the day and evening classes is August 20, 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 August 20, 2024, by 5 p.m. Those who do not meet the deadlines may be considered for the Fall 2024 academy. All applicants and required documents will be accepted by appointment please contact sac-lea@alamo.edu to schedule. All documents will be turned in at the First Responders Academy located at 15775 IH 35 South, Atascosa, TX 78002.

Those who do not meet the deadlines may be considered for the Spring 2025 academy.

For more information or to request an application please email sac-lea@alamo.edu.

Full Time 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 6, 2025, 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 6, 2025, by 5 p.m.

Those who do not meet the deadlines may be considered for the Spring 2025 day or evening academy or Summer 2025 full time academy.

Basic Peace Officer I, II, III, IV and V
Day & Night Classes start: Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Fall 2025
Full Time Academy Start: July 2024, January 2025, May 2025

Class Times

  • Day: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. / Monday - Friday
  • Night: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. / Monday - Friday
  • Full Time Academy: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Monday - Friday
  • ***Earlier reporting in times-will be mandatory time to time***
  • *Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement is now a requirement-reporting time will be 6:30 a.m. for full time, 7:30 a.m. for day, and 4:30 p.m. on the dates and times the course is assigned to you.*

Alamo Colleges Academic/Registration Calendars

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    Bazany, Steven

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    Burgess, Michael

    Burts, Michael

    Chaffin, Tina

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    Treviño, Andrew

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Contact Us

Rolando Barrientez, M.A.A.
Director of Law Enforcement Academy
San Antonio College
First Responders Academy
210-486-0987
rbarrientez4@alamo.edu

Jessica Phelt
LEA Faculty Instructor
First Responders Academy
sac-lea@alamo.edu
(210) 486-1770

Matthew Archilla
LEA Faculty Instructor
First Responders Academy
marchilla@alamo.edu

Michael Burts
LEA Faculty Instructor
First Responders Academy
mburts@alamo.edu

Jose Figueroa
LEA Faculty Instructor
First Responders Academy
jfigueroa71@alamo.edu

Michael Valdez
LEA Faculty Instructor
First Responders Academy
mvaldez174@alamo.edu

Location(s):
Off-Campus
First Responders Academy (FRA=011) 
15775 IH 35 South
Atascosa, TX 78002
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SAC On-Campus
Nursing and Allied Health Complex (NAHC), Rm 105

First Responders Academy Main Office - Summer Office Schedule

Monday - Remote Work
Tuesday - 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday - 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday - Campus Closed