Police academy to be offered here in August

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 16, 2008 - East Texas Police Academy currently is accepting applications for the Basic Peace Officer Certification course, which begin Aug. 4 in Sulphur Springs.

The police academy, a division of Kilgore College, is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education to provide basic licensing and continuing education training courses.

Those enrolling in the 640-hour police academy must prove proof of either a high school diploma or a GED 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 for the basic peace officer certification course 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, may call 903-983-8663 or send an e-mail to etpa@kilgore.edu for further information.

Forms and applications may also be downloaded from the academy website, www.easttexaspoliceacademy.org

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