Program Curriculum

Police Academy  (Basic Peace Officer Training Certificate:  20 semester credit hours)

Wharton County Junior College operates a licensed police academy certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Participants must apply directly to the program.  The required information packet will be sent to each applicant.  Students who successfully complete this training are eligible 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 and evening classes are held at the Richmond campus.  Students must register for all courses as a block. A class average of 80% and a minimum grade of 80 on the final exam are required to successfully complete the Basic Peace Officer certificate course.

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

  • Be at least 21 years of age prior to completion of the academy
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Possess a valid Texas driver's license
  • Be a high school graduate or received a GED
  • Meet all admission requirements to Wharton County Junior College
  • Have NEVER been convicted of a felony offense
  • Have NEVER been convicted of a Family Violence offense
  • Are not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition
  • Have NEVER been, nor currently on, court-ordered community supervision or probation for a Class B Misdemeanor criminal offense within the last ten years
  • Have NEVER been convicted for any Class B Misdemeanor criminal offense or above within the last 10 years
  • Be examined by the Academy's designated licensed physician and be declared, in writing, within the past 90 days:
    • To be physically sound and free from any defects which may adversely affect the performance of duty as a peace officer, reserve peace officer, or jailer
    • 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 all forms required by the Police Academy
  • Successfully complete a timed physical agility exam
Night Academy
Course
Course Title Semester Hours
Fall Semester
CJLE 1506 Basic Peace Officer I 5
CJLE 1512 Basic Peace Officer II 5
  10 semester hours
Spring Semester
CJLE 1518 Basic Peace Officer III 5
CJLE 1524 Basic Peace Officer IV 5
  10 semester hours

 

Day Academy
Course
Course Title Semester   Hours
Fall or Spring Semester
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
  20 semester hours
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