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Law Enforcement Academy Certificate Level 1 (43.0107)

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Law Enforcement Academy Certificate Level 1 (43.0107)  Uvalde and Eagle Pass Campuses


Important Note

In order to maintain the health and wellbeing of the SWTJC community, In-service Trainings scheduled for the next few months will be scheduled using our best judgment based on the COVID-19 cases in our service area. Once it is safe for everyone to participate in training sessions, they will be scheduled as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.

Academy Application

Spring 2021 Academy Application

Application Packet Packets for the Uvalde Alpha Class are due on Friday, December 11, 2020.

Mandatory Orientation will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

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, Building M
2401 Garner Field Road
Uvalde, TX 78801
(830) 591-4158


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. 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). 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.


Admission Requirements- Basic Peace Officer Program

      To be admitted, a prospective student must comply with TCOLE rule 217.1 http://tcole.texas.gov/content/commission-rules

Below is a summary of that rule, but must see rule for all TCOLE requirements:
  • 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 1518, and CJLE 1524,) may apply to the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy in order to complete these courses.

Program of Study

Law Enforcement Academy Certificate add

Program of Study

Law Enforcement Academy Certificate Program of Study
Course Number Title Credit
EDUC 1300π Learning Framework
or
COLS 0300 College Success Skills
CJLE 1506 Basic Peace Officer I 5
CJLE 1512 Basic Peace Officer II 5
CJLE 1518 Basic Peace Officer III 5
CJLE 1524 Basic Peace Officer IV 5
Total Credit Hours for Certificate 20

Notes:

π All students are required to take EDUC 1300 or COLS 0300; however, EDUC 1300/COLS 0300 do not count toward degree requirements.

Tuition and Fees 

Students enrolling in the Academy pay regular college tuition, fees and additional surcharges. Additional fees are also required prior to admission upon acceptance to the program. The following fees are approximate costs identified to assist the student in financial planning (Note: prices vary from year to year):

  • CPR Book Fee = $30.00
  • State Test Fee - $35.00

Prior to Acceptance to the Academy

  • Students MUST be approved by TCOLE fingerprint screening systems. Students must make an appointment with FAST services online http://uenroll.identogo.com/servicecode/11G4J8 - $38.50.
  • Physical and Drug Screening (L-2 form) must be completed by a licensed physician designated by the Academy – prices vary depending on the physician. (contact the Academy office for physician information).
  • Students must complete a Psychological exam (L-3 form) with an approved Academy psychologist (contact the Academy office for psychologist information) - $100.00 (prices subject to change).
  • 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.

Upon acceptance to the Academy

Once a student has been accepted into the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy, the following purchases will need to be made:

  • Uniform purchases Royal Blue Classroom shirt and Grey PT shirt MUST be made with Genesis Screen Printing or 3D Impressions (price subject to change)
  • Academy Headcover (cap with Academy seal) MUST be made with Genesis Screen Printing or 3D Impressions (prices subject to change)
  • Khaki tactical pants (no specific vendor)
  • Black Duty Boots, minimum 8” high(must be able to shine) – Prices vary
  • Black Shorts/Black Sweatpants/Black Windpants for PT
  • Black crew socks (no ankle or no-show)
  • Running sneakers

  • Books purchased through SWTJC bookstore: (HFRG Threat Pattern Recognition Use of Force Student, Priced at campus bookstore)
  • Ammunition
    • 800-1,000 rounds of .40cal. S&W for Glock Model 22 pistol
    • 50 rounds of 12GA. Shotgun Ammunition for Remington Model 870: 25 rounds of Birdshot, 15 rounds 00 (9 Pellet Buckshot), 10 rounds of Slugs
    • 300 rounds of .223 REM of 5.56 NATO rifle ammunition
  • Testing
    • State Exam - $35.00

 

Withdrawal and Dismissal Policy

Southwest Texas Junior College Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student whose health, attendance, conduct, personal qualities or scholastic records indicate that it would be inadvisable for the student to continue in the program. Students must maintain a minimum grade of 80 in all areas of the academy program. Students withdrawing from the academy must comply with the SWTJC withdrawal policy and must participate in an exit interview in order to remain in good standing.


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


In-service Training


Contact Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy

J Suarez
Jesus Suarez
Allied Health and Human Services Division Chair
Email
(830) 591-7364
J Field
Johnny J. Field
Academy Coordinator
Email
(830) 591-7201
A Maldonado
Amy E. Maldonado
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-7248
B Diaz
Beco Diaz
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-7314
T Zamarripa
Teresa Zamarripa
Law Enforcement
Academy Assistant
Email
(830) 591-4158