1/23/2006 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Central Texas Police Academy is continuing its commitment to the safety of the Brazos Valley and Central Texas with the start of its 2006 classes in mid February.
Police academy cadets will log nearly 700 hours of training in 17 weeks, learning everything from firearms and self-defense tactics to Texas state law and emergency driving techniques.
“TEEX’s unparalleled training and facilities, coupled with the growing population and needs of Texas, is bringing more and more citizens to our police academy,” said Cullen Grissom, TEEX program manager for the academy. “Becoming a police officer allows people to have a career in which they can give back to both their local community and the state.”
Academy cadets have access to several state-of-the-art facilities, including a new firearms range, a circuit track with cardiovascular/weight training centers and an intranet computer system.
Renowned instructors teach students the procedures needed to better prepare them for the rigors of police work. After studying different techniques in the classroom, cadets physically practice what they have learned, including self-defense tactics such as disarming an assailant, taking an assailant to the ground and body protection techniques.
Cadets also learn firearms handling, shooting approximately 1000 to 1200 rounds apiece at the newly built TEEX Firearms Range. High-speed driving, vehicle dynamics and automotive liability issues are taught as well, giving students the skills and confidence needed to safely perform driving techniques and procedures.
“This physically demanding and academically rigorous academy prepares cadets for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education examination to become licensed officers,” Grissom said. “Our cadets have an average 99 percent passing rate on the exam and are recruited by law enforcement agencies throughout the Brazos Valley, as well as throughout Texas.”
TEEX, a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire , homeland security , law enforcement , public works , safety and health , search and rescue and technology transfer.
Applicants for the TEEX Central Texas Police Academy must be at least 21 years old and should have a clear criminal background.