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Supplemental Peace Officer Course

Class Length: 372 hours
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DESCRIPTION

Out of state and Federal Officers must obtain TCOLE approval to take this course.  Please complete the TCOLE Supplemental packet and obtain approval before enrolling in this course.  The packet can be obtained from the TCOLE website.

For the students meeting the prerequisites, this course is designed to provide the course material needed to become eligible to attempt the Texas Peace Officer licensing exam.  Of the 33 current Basic Peace Officer Topics (643 training hours), there are 7 considered to be specific to Texas: 

  1. Code of Criminal Procedure
  2. Penal Code
  3. Traffic
  4. Alcoholic Beverage Code
  5. Health and Safety Code – Controlled Substances Act
  6. Family Code – Juvenile Issues
  7. Family Violence and Related Assaultive Offenses

However all candidates are required to pass the same licensing exam as all other applicants, so all the topical areas must be studied.  For this reason this course exceeds the minimum requirements and will provide instruction in more than the 7 required topics. 

The student will receive 280 TCOLE training hours for the supplemental course sections.  In addition and built into the course schedule are 92 training hours toward an intermediate proficiency certificate or other training areas. Therefore, the student will receive at total of 372 training hours upon the completion of this course.  The specific topics that will be covered are listed below:

  1. Code of Criminal Procedure
  2. Penal Code
  3. Traffic
  4. Alcoholic Beverage Code
  5. Health and Safety Code – Controlled Substances Act
  6. Family Code – Juvenile Issues
  7. Family Violence and Related Assaultive Offenses
  8. Constitution and CJ System
  9. Civil Process
  10. TABC
  11. TCOLE Rules Overview
  12. SFST
  13. HAZMAT
  14. NIMS 100 and 700: Federally required Incident Management classes
  15. NIMS 915: Protecting Critical Infrastructure
  16. Stress Management
  17. ASP Baton Certification
  18. Taser Certification
  19. OC Spray certification with a live-full exposure
  20. Asset Forfeiture
  21. Child Safety Check Alert List (CSCAL)
  22. Basic Human Trafficking
  23. Intermediate Cultural Diversity
  24. Overviews of the remaining Basic Peace Officer Course Topics
  25. State Test Practice and Review
  26. Workplace Violence and Active Shooters: NIMS 106, 906, & 907
  27. Effective Communication: NIMS 242
  28. Diversity and Civil Rights: NIMS 20 & 21
  29. Social Media in Emergency Management: NIMS 042
  30. Decision Making and Problem Solving: NIMS 241

The entire Basic Peace Officer Course can be found on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) website, www.tcole.texas.gov.

PREREQUISITES

Out of State Officers

Must demonstrate a successful completion of a state POST-approved (or state licensing authority) basic police officer training academy (with equivalent course topics and hours of training); and Must be currently licensed or certified as a peace officer by a state POST (or state licensing authority); and The license or certificate must never have been, or currently in the process of being surrendered, suspended, or revoked; and Have honorably served (employed; benefits eligible) as a sworn peace officer for twelve consecutive months, following initial basic training, with an agency in the state where the license or certificate was issued; and license holder must meet all other statutory licensing requirements of the State of Texas and TCOLE Rules (See Texas Occupations Code and Commission Rules)

Federal Agents

The Texas Code of Criminal Procedures Section 2.122 recognizes named criminal investigators of the United States as having authority to enforce selected state laws by virtue of their authority.   The individuals listed are deemed to have the equivalent training for licensure consideration:

(1.)         Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation;

(2.)         Special Agents of the Secret Service;

(3.)         Special Agents of the United States Customs Service;

(4.)         Special Agents of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms;

(5.)         Special Agents of the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency;

(6.)         Inspectors of the United States Postal Service;

(7.)         Special Agents of the Criminal Investigation Division and Inspectors of the Internal Security Division of the Internal Revenue Service;

(8.)         Civilian Special Agents of the United States Naval Investigative Service;

(9.)         Marshals and Deputy Marshals of the United States Marshals Service;

(10.)       Special Agents of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service;

(11.)       Special Agents of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security

(12.)       A person designated as a Special Policeman by the Federal Protective Service of the General Services Administration under 40 U.S.C. Section 318 or 318d;

(13.)       A customs inspector of the United States Customs Service or a Border Patrolman or Immigration Officer of the United States Department of Justice;

(14.)       A commissioned law enforcement officer of the National Parks Service

(15.)       A Special Agent or Law Enforcement Officer of the United States Forest Service; and

(16.)       Security personnel working at a commercial nuclear power plant, including contract security personnel, trained and qualified under a security plan approved by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Qualifying Federal Officers must also:

(1.)          Have successfullycompleted an approved Federal Agency Law Enforcement training course (equivalent course topics and hours); and must be subject to continued employment or eligible for re-hire (excluding retirement); and

(2.)          Have honorably served (employed; benefits eligible) in one of the above federal capacities for twelve consecutive months, following initial basic training; and

(3.)          The licensee or certificate holder must meet all other statutory licensing requirements of the State of Texas and TCOLE rules (See Texas Occupations Code and Commission Rules)

 

COURSE COST

$500

SPECIAL NOTES

RESOURCE LINKS

TCOLE Website