COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Central Texas Police Academy is conducting two simultaneous daytime recruit training academies for the first time in its 63-year history, with more than 40 cadets preparing to become peace officers in and around the Brazos Valley.
The dual academies are a result of the area’s growing population as well as the ever-present need for highly trained law enforcement officers.
Upon graduation in mid-December, the cadets will have logged 688 hours of training over 17 weeks, learning everything from firearms and self-defense tactics to Texas state law and emergency driving techniques. This week, cadets will be training in realistic “practical scenarios,” where they will combine all their training in responding to various mock crimes.
“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,” said Cullen Grissom, program manager for the academy. “Our cadets have an average 99 percent passing rate on the exam and are recruited by law enforcement agencies in the Bryan-College Station area, as well as throughout Texas.”
Most of the dual academies’ cadets will be serving in the Brazos Valley for the Texas A&M University, Bryan, and College Station Police Departments as well as the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office. Cadets will also join the Huntsville Police Department and the Burton Police Department.
In operation since 1940, the Central Texas Police Academy is the oldest continuing statewide law enforcement extension training agency in Texas. Cadets in TEEX’s police academy have access to several state-of-the-art facilities including a new $150,000 circuit track with cardiovascular/weight training centers and an intranet computer system.
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