COLLEGE STATION — Training to become a police officer in Central Texas is more readily available with the addition of evening classes at the Central Texas Police Academy, part of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Academy officials hope these new classes will attract more citizens interested in making a direct impact on their communities through the transition into public service.
“We are providing law enforcement agencies with a larger pool of qualified applicants to choose from during their hiring process,” said Tom Shehan, division director of TEEX Public Safety & Security. “At the same time we are providing citizens who work during the day an opportunity to make a career change.”
Applications for the evening academy are due Aug. 25, with classes beginning Sept. 6 and ending May 12, 2005. Evening classes will be held Monday through Thursday 5-10 p.m. and every other Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Applications for the fall daytime academy are due Aug. 4, with classes starting on Aug. 16. Daytime classes are held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and end Dec. 10. All classes will be held at the Texas A&M University Riverside Campus in Bryan.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old and should have a clear criminal background. They may apply with or without a law enforcement agency sponsor. Graduates of the TEEX academy have a 99 percent passing rate on the Texas State Peace Officer licensing test and are recruited by law enforcement agencies in the Bryan-College Station area, as well as throughout the state of Texas.
In operation since 1940, the Central Texas Police Academy is the oldest continuing statewide law enforcement extension training agency in Texas.