WCJC operates a licensed police academy certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Students who successfully complete the required training are eligible for 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, and complete in approximately 20 weeks. Evening classes are held at the Richmond campus: 6:00pm-10:00pm Monday through Friday, and complete in approximately 40 weeks. Students must register for all courses as a semester block - classes may not be taken individually. A class average of 80% and a minimum grade of 80 on exams are required for successful completion of the Basic Peace Officer Certificate course.
College Entrance Testing (TSI) is NOT required for entrance into the program.