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Minimum Entrance Requirements  

Applicants must meet the following qualifications prior to enrolling in the Police Academy:

  • Apply and meet all admission requirements to Wharton County Junior College
  • Complete and submit the program application directly to the police academy office.  Upon receipt, the student information/registration packet will be issued for the requested class.
  • Be a high school graduate or received a GED
  • Be 21 years of age within 60 days of graduation from the police academy.  If you are not 21, you must be 18 years of age AND meet one or more of the following requirements:
    • Received a minimum of 60 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university, OR
    • Received an associate degree from an accredited college, OR
    • Received an Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States after two years minimum active duty
  • Be a U.S. Citizen 
  • 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 or above within 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 of a Family Violence offense
  • Have NEVER received a dishonorable discharge, or other discharge, based on misconduct that would bar future military service
  • Are NOT currently charged with any criminal offense that would bar licensure as a Peace Officer
  • Are NOT prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition
  • Be examined by the Academy's designated licensed physician within the past 180 days and be declared, in writing:
    • 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, 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 designated licensed psychologist or psychiatrist within the past 180 days and declared, in writing, to be in satisfactory psychological and emotional health
  • Be of good moral character
  • Successfully complete all forms required by WCJC Police Academy
  • Successfully complete a timed physical agility exam:
    • 15 push-ups in one minute
    • 20 sit-ups in one minute
    • 1.5 mile run within 18:30 minutes
  • Be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check of local, state and U.S. national records/fingerprint files


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