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Cadets in TEEX’s Central Texas Police Academy now have access to a state-of-the-art intranet computer system thanks to the efforts of the agency’s Technology and Economic Development Division.

“The intranet allows us to perform all of our police academy testing and report writing on computer via an internal network,” said Cullen Grissom, program manager for the academy.

“This is a landmark effort for increasing the academy’s capabilities, by automating common tasks,” said Lesa Hill, program manager for TED. She said that there would be a phased approach to the project, adding on piece-by-piece. “We would like to have it fully operational by February,” she added. Unlike the Internet, which is used by external customers, the intranet requires a user ID and password to access course content and exams. “This intranet system is customized for the academy program, but it also could be used as a model for other academies with similar needs,” Hill added.

TEEX currently has 30 new computers available for cadets to take the online Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education licensing exam. Previously, cadets had to travel to Austin to take the exam. Future plans include offering the testing facilities to other academies and law enforcement agencies around the state, Grissom said.

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