Law Enforcement Academy Certificate Level 1 (43.0107)

Law Enforcement Academy Purpose

The purpose of the Middle Rio Grande Regional Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Peace Officer course, a 704 hour course of study, is to prepare prospective law enforcement officers for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement TCOLE Certification Exam. The Academy also offers TCOLE in-service courses at both intermediate and advanced levels for the purpose of enhancing the Peace Officers’ level of proficiency and meeting training requirements. Students who successfully complete the Academy will earn a Level 1 Certificate in Criminal Justice and will be able to sit for the TCOLE Basic Peace Officer State Exam. In addition, upon successful completion, the student may apply the Level 1 Certificate towards the Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science (AAS – Basic Peace Officer option).

Admission Requirements- Basic Peace Officer Program

To be admitted, a prospective student must comply with TCOLE rule 217.23 in addition:

• be a U.S. citizen. 
• be 20.5 years of age (18 w/60 college hours or 2 yrs. active duty) 
• must have High School Diploma or GED 
• have no felony conviction. 
• have no conviction of Class B misdemeanor in the past 10 years. 
• not currently be under indictment for any violation. 
• have never been convicted of any level of Family Violence. 
• not be prohibited by Federal or State law from operating a motor vehicle. 
• not be prohibited by Federal or State law from possessing firearms or ammunition. 
• The Level I Certificate is TSI-waived; however individuals are encouraged to take the TSI Assessment and, if necessary, enroll in the appropriate developmental education courses in preparation to continue to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Criminal Justice. Individuals who have Military Exemption or individuals with a B.S. or B.A. degree or higher will not be required to test.
• complete an SWTJC Application for Admission. 
• submit a completed Criminal History Check form (FAST form). 
• be physically sound for the performance of duty appropriate to the type of license sought. Submit Physician, psychological and Drug Screening results (TCOLE L-2 & L-3 Forms).
A student who has completed all coursework for the A.A.S. Criminal Justice degree except for “Basic Peace Officer” courses (CJLE 1506, CJLE 1512, CJLE 1515, and CJLE 1524) may apply to the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy in order to complete these courses.

Academy Application Packet

Spring Uvalde Alpha Class - 2019 Academy Application

Application Packet Due before 4:00 pm on Monday, January 7, 2019

Uniform Packet Due before 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The application can be filled in on the user's computer then printed for submission or printed then handwritten for submission.

You may return the completed forms and required documentation to the following campus location:

Teresa Zamarripa
Administrative Assistant

Southwest Texas Junior College
Richarz Building
2401 Garner Field Road
Uvalde, TX 78801
(830) 591-4158

Program of Study

Law Enforcement Academy Class Schedule

Daytime Classes

Alpha Class – Uvalde; M-F, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Evening Classes

Bravo Class Night Academy – Eagle Pass; M-TH, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Law Enforcement Academy Resources


Contact Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy

J Suarez
Jesus Suarez
Allied Health and Human Services Division Chair
(830) 591-7364
A Davila
Librado (Andy) Davila, Jr.
Law Enforcement
Academy Coordinator
(830) 591-7257 
A Maldonado
Amy E. Maldonado
(830) 591-7248
J Field
Johnny Field
(830) 591-7314
T Zamarripa
Teresa Zamarripa
Law Enforcement
Academy Assistant
(830) 591-4158