12/8/2006 12:00 AM
The Texas Engineering Extension Service is celebrating the 139th graduation ceremony of the Central Texas Police Academy on Friday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center located adjacent to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
The 27 graduating cadets will soon begin working at law enforcement agencies throughout the Brazos Valley, including with the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the College Station Police Department, and the Giddings Police Department.
The recruits have logged 688 hours of law enforcement training over the past 17 weeks, learning everything from firearms management and self-defense tactics to Texas state law and emergency driving techniques.
“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.”
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 $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, technical assistance and emergency response services impacting Texas and beyond. Agency programs include fire services, homeland security, public safety and security, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and economic solutions.