East Texas Police Academy will recognize 13 individuals Friday night who have completed all classroom requirements for the basic peace officer certification course held in Sulphur Springs.
Mathew Gann, Charles Glass, Jennifer Gorton, Glenn Hanner, Douglas Jenkins, Corey McGregor, Tasha Peugh, Perry Reed, Justin Sheets, Kelli Sims, Billy Weatherford, Bobby Williams and Justin Williams will be honored at a graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Fellowship Christian Church, 207 North Davis St.
In order to graduate, the cadets had to meet all requirements of the 640-hour basic peace officer certificate course.
East Texas Police Academy, a division of Kilgore College, has provided law enforcement training since the academy's inception in 1966. ETPA provides a huge array of classes throughout the East Texas Council of Governments and Ark-Tex Council of Governments service areas.
The East Texas Police Academy is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education as a law enforcement academy and is contracted by the commission to provide training courses. Law enforcement academies licensed by the commission on law enforcement provide basic licensing and continuing education training courses.
The next police academy night course in Sulphur Springs begins Monday, Feb. 23, at Northeast Texas Fire and EMS Training Academy, located at 1334 Sharon Lane. All cadets must have all of their paperwork completed and in to ETPA by Monday, the first class day.
In order to enroll, applicants must have either a high school diploma or a GED and 12 hours of college credit. Applicants must also have a relatively clean criminal history. Essentially, they should not have been convicted of any criminal offense above a Class B misdemeanor in the past 10 years, or ever convicted of any family violence offense.
Applications should be returned to the Kilgore academy no later than the first day of class. However, the sooner the packets are returned, the sooner the comprehensive application process can be completed. In addition to the standard paperwork, applicants will also have to complete a physical examination, undergo a psychological exam and drug screening. Applicants are responsible for the cost of all exams and expenses associated with the application and class.
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