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Home News-Telegram News Applications being taken for police academy night class; 640-hour course begins Sept. 21

Applications being taken for police academy night class; 640-hour course begins Sept. 21

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East Texas Police Academy currently is accepting applications for individuals who want to become peace officers. The 11th Night Basic Peace Officer course offered by ETPA in Sulphur Springs begins Sept. 2, at 6 p.m.

The 640-hour class will be held at the NETRA Fire Academy building, located at at 1334 Sharon Lane, Monday-Thursday nights.  All cadets must have all of their paperwork completed and in to ETPA by the first class day.
In order to enroll in the class, applicants must have either a high school diploma or a GED and 12 hours of college credit. Applicants must provide proof of education as well as "certified documents reflecting that the applicant has never been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years from the date of the court order; not currently under indictment for any criminal offense; not been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last 10 years; never been convicted of any family violence offense; is not prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle or possessing firearms or ammunition; and proof of U.S. citizenship."
On at least three occasions, the upcoming academy course will require participants to attend weekend sessions: one weekend for a 32-hour driving course at the main academy campus; one weekend for the 40-hour day and night weapons training at the firing range; and at least one Saturday morning designated for training in OC spraying (also known as pepper spray).
Cadets must provide 500 rounds of at least 115 grain FMJ 9mm ammunition for use during firearms training week. This is “due to the ongoing ammunition shortage in place throughout the nation,” which renders the police academy “unable to purchase ammunition in insufficient quantities to meet the needs for the basic peace officer course,” ETPA notes on its website: www.easttexaspoliceacademy.org, which also lists valuable registration and other academy information.
Applications for the upcoming basic peace officer certification course should be returned to Kilgore no later than the first day of class. However, the sooner the packets are obtained, the sooner the comprehensive application process can be completed. In addition to the standard paperwork, applications will also have to complete a physical examination and undergo a psychological exam and drug screening. Applicants are responsible for the cost of all exams and expenses associated with the application and class.
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 which may be submitted for TCLEOSE credit.
East Texas Police Academy is one of the largest regional academies in Texas and has been serving this area since 1966. The academy provides a huge array of classes throughout the East Texas Council of Governments and Ark-Tex Council of Governments service areas.
For more information about enrollment, call 903-983-8663 or contact lead instructor Andy Chester at 903-348-5738.

 

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