Minimum Requirements

The following qualifications MUST be met prior to enrolling in the WCJC Police Academy:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have a High School diploma or GED and able to meet all admission requirements to Wharton County Junior College
  • Be 21 years of age within 60 days of graduation from the police academy
  • Possess a valid Texas driver's license
  • Have NEVER been convicted of a felony offense
  • Have NEVER been, nor currently on, court-ordered community supervision or probation for a Class B misdemeanor criminal offense with the last 10 years
  • Have NEVER been convicted for any Class B misdemeanor criminal offense or above within the last 10 years
  • Have NEVER been convicted at any time of a Family Violence offense
  • Are NOT prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition
  • Be examined by the Academy's designated license physician and be declared, in writing, within the past 90 days:
    • To be physically sound and free from any defects which may adversely affect performance of duty as a peace officer, reserve peace officer, or jailer        -AND-
    • To show no trace of drug dependency or illegal drug use after a physical examination, blood test, or other medical test
  • Be examined by the Academy's licensed psychologist or psychiatrist and declared, in writing, to be in satisfactory psychological and emotional health
  • Be of good moral character
  • Successfully complete a time physical agility assessment
  • Successfully complete all forms required by the WCJC Police Academy


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