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 student information packet will be issued to each applicant upon receipt of the program application.  Successful completion of this training allows student to take the state licensing examination to become a licensed peace officer in the State of Texas.

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

  • Meet all admission requirements to Wharton County Junior College
  • Complete a program application and submit directly to the Police Academy office.  A student information/registration packet for the requested class will be issued upon receipt.
  • Be 21 years of age within 60 days of completion of the academy.  If you are NOT 21, you must be 18 years of age AND meet one or more of the following:
    • Received an associate's degree; or 60 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university
    • Received an Honorable Discharge from the armed forces of the United States after a minimum of two years active service
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Received a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid Texas driver's license
  • Be fingerprinted and pass a criminal record check of local, state, and U.S. national records and fingerprint files
  • Have NEVER been convicted of a felony offense
  • Have NEVER been convicted, or placed on community supervision, of a Family Violence offense
  • Have NEVER been, nor currently on, court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years.
  • Is not currently charged with any criminal offense for which conviction would bar licensure as a peace officer
  • Have NEVER been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years
  • Not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition
  • Be examined by the Academy's designated licensed physician and be declared, in writing, within 180 days prior to the start of the Academy:
    • To be physically sound and free from any defect which may adversely affect the performance of duty as a peace officer, reserve peace officer, or jailer
    • 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 designated licensed psychologist or psychiatrist and declared, in writing, to be in satisfactory psychological and emotional health within 180 days prior to the start of the Academy
  • Have NEVER been dishonorably discharged, or other discharge, based on misconduct that would bar future military service
  • Be of good moral character
  • Successfully complete all forms required by the Police Academy
  • Successfully complete a timed physical agility exam:
                              1 ½ mile run – 18:30 minutes
                         Push-ups – 15 in one minute
                         Sit-ups – 20 in one minute

Day Class/Wharton Campus

Semester I
CJLE 1506        Basic Peace Officer I       
CJLE 1512        Basic Peace Officer II
CJLE 1518        Basic Peace Officer III
CJLE 1524        Basic Peace Officer IV
Total Semester Hours – 20

Night Class/Richmond Campus

Semester I
CJLE 1506        Basic Peace Officer I       
CJLE 1512        Basic Peace Officer II
Semester II
CJLE 1518        Basic Peace Officer III
CJLE 1524        Basic Peace Officer IV
Total Semester Hours – 20
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