Wharton County Junior College operates a licensed police academy certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Successful completion of the required training allows students to take the state licensing examination to become a licensed peace officer in the State of Texas.
The police academy offers both day and evening classes. Day classes are held at the Wharton campus: 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday, completing in one semester (17 weeks). Evening classes are held at the Richmond campus: 6:00pm-10:00pm Monday through Friday, completing in two semesters (34 weeks). Students must register for all courses as a semester block. A class average of 80% and a minimum grade of 80 on exams are required to successfully complete the Basic Peace Officer Certificate course.
Testing is NOT required for entrance into the program.