Cadets graduating from police academy Thursday

Next peace officer course begins Aug. 4; applications being accepted now

From Staff Reports

July 16, 2008 - The East Texas Police Academy will hold a ceremony Thursday to honor the graduates of the basic peace officer certification course held in Sulphur Springs.

The service begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Awards will be presented to the two students with the highest grade point average, as well as the "top gun" award for best marksmanship in the class during training and testing exercises.

In order to graduate, cadets had to meet all requirements of the 640-hour course. The graduates will still be required to take the state certification test in order to obtain full certification as a peace officer.

The police academy, a division of Kilgore College, has provided law enforcement training since the academy's inception in 1966. The academy is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education and provides basic licensing and continuing education training courses throughout the region.

The next police academy night course in Sulphur Springs begins Aug. 4, and applications are still being accepted.

Those enrolling must be U.S. citizens and show proof of either a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate and 12 hours 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 quicker the comprehensive application process can be completed. In addition to the standard paperwork, applicants 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.

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 last one Saturday morning designated for training in OC spraying.

Students interested in taking the training during the Sulphur Springs night class, which will be held at Northeast Texas Regional Fire Academy on Sharon Lane, may call 903-983-8663 or send an e-mail to for more information.

Forms and applications may also be downloaded from the academy website,

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