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Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC)

Class Length: 776 hours
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The Denton Police Training Academy (DPA) will be holding its Basic Police Officer Course at the Denton Public Safety Training Center.  The course will run for 19.5 weeks and will meet and exceed the TCOLE requirements for peace officer certification (see DPA's BPOC  Rules for Testing and Performance Requirements).  The BPOC will include the following:

  • Introduction, Orientation, and TCOLE Rules Overview
  • Fitness and Wellness, and Stress Management
  • Mechanics of Arrest
  • Physical Training Program (40 hours throughout the course)
  • Professional Policing
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • U.S. & Texas Constitutions, Bill of Rights, & C.J. System
  • Multiculturalism and Human Relations
  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Arrest, Search, and Seizure
  • Penal Code
  • Traffic Law
  • Traffic Control and Accident Investigation
  • Intoxicated Driver Law
  • SFST Basic Certification
  • Civil Process
  • Alcoholic Beverage Code
  • Health and Safety Code – Controlled Substances Act
  • Family Code – Juvenile Issues
  • Written Communications and various practice reports
  • Spanish
  • Force Options
  • Verbal Conflict Resolution Tactics
  • Firearms
  • First Aid and CPR/AED
  • Self Aid, Buddy Aid (SABA)
  • Emergency Communications
  • NCIC/TCIC: Less than full access
  • Professional Police Driving
  • Communication and Problem Solving
  • Patrol/Consular Notification
  • Victims of Crime
  • Family Violence and Related Assaultive Offenses
  • Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and Mental Health Code
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Racial Profiling
  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Identity Crimes
  • 3 days of practice scenario training
  • 3 days of performance reviewed, practical scenarios
  • 1 Patrol Rideout with the recruit's home agency
  • Basic Licensing Test Preparation and Practice
  • OC certification with a live exposure
  • 8 hour ASP Basic Certification Course
  • 8 hour Basic TASER Certification
  • Special Investigative Topics
  • Interacting with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Canine Encounters
  • Child Safety Check Alert List
  • NIMS 100 and 700 (online)

The course will be taught by highly qualified instructors from the Denton Police Department and other area agencies.  The course will be held at the Denton Public Safety Training Center.  The facility offers state of the art classrooms and the following instructional technology:

  • VirTra V-300 Use of Force simulator (utilized during practical scenarios)
  • FAAC Inc. LE-1000 Driving Simulator (utilized during practical scenarios)
  • HUFCOR room with moveable walls that can be reconfigured (active shooter scenarios, dispute scenarios, building searches, & crime scenes)
  • Force-on-Force training with force marking cartridges
  • Dedicated firearms range (off-site)
  • On-site physical training facility
  • Computer access center for student use
  • Laptops for class use (CRASH reporting, report writing, research, & online course work)

The facility also offers a break room/lunch area with a sink, coffee maker, refrigerators, microwaves, ice machines, and TVs.  A locker-room section, with showers, is also provided inside both of the male and female bathroom areas.


All students must be employed by or have an academy sponsorship by a Texas public safety agency to be eligible to attend the Denton Training Academy.