Law Enforcement Academy

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates
Department: Protective Services
Institute: Public Service
College: SAC

The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) is currently taking applications for next class which starts January 17, 2023. All Personal History Statements (PHS) and required paperwork and documentation are due within two (2) weeks of being issued to you. Last day to accept a (PHS) is December 16, 2022 by 11 a.m. All medical (L2) and psychological (L3) are due by the date assigned to you by the LEA. Current TCOLE licensed Jailers and Dispatchers using a Declaration of Licensing Course Enrollment Eligibility (DOLCE/L1) are due by January 4, 2023, by 5 p.m. Those who do not meet the deadlines may be considered for the May 2023 academy. San Antonio College and the Law Enforcement Academy will be on Winter Break (college closed) December 20, 2022 - January 2, 2023.

What is the Law Enforcement Academy program?

San Antonio College's (SAC) Law Enforcement Academy is designed to prepare the individual for a career in law enforcement and correctional science.

The program offers a Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE) approved law enforcement academy. Also, in collaboration with the Criminal Justice Program an AAS degree available to achieve an Associates of Applied Science (AAS) Degree for career advancement.

For more information or to request an application please email sac-lea@alamo.edu.

  • Law Enforcement, Level I Certificate
    • This certificate offers students the opportunity to begin working on courses that will satisfy requirements under the A.A.S. degree in Law Enforcement.
    • With this award, you may seek jobs such as: entry-level law enforcement upon receiving a TCOLE license.

Please note: Starting Fall 2022, we will be making the move to the Basic Peace Officer 720 Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE) curriculum in compliance with the 87th Legislation Session, TCOLE and the San Antonio College TCOLE Advisory Board. Starting 2023, the Law Enforcement Academy will no longer be having a weekend academy.

What's special about the program?

Instructors in this program are seasoned active or veterans in the law enforcement service with many years of cumulative teaching and different professions in the criminal justice system.

What will I learn?

Courses are designed to provide knowledge and techniques for understanding how criminal justice and social structures influence human behavior.

Courses

Texas Peace Officer

The purpose of the San Antonio College Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Peace Officer course, a 696 hour course of study, is to prepare prospective law enforcement officers for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Certification Exam. Students who successfully complete the academic academy will earn a Level 1 Certificate in Law Enforcement and will be able to sit for the TCOLE Basic Peace Officer State Exam

In addition, upon successful completion, the student may apply the Level 1 Certificate towards the Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science (AAS – Law Enforcement option). The academy also offers TCOLE in-service courses for the purpose of enhancing the Peace Officers’ level of proficiency and meeting training requirements.

BPOC (Basic Police Officer Certification)

Training as a peace officer at San Antonio College Law Enforcement Academy is a great way to start an exciting career.

Students work with instructors who are experienced peace officers.

Studies include topics that reflect real-life situations.

We maintain relationships with area police agencies as prospective employers for graduates.

The San Antonio College Law Enforcement Academy may be taken as credit or noncredit.

(Noncredit for those who qualify: live out of district or already have a degree from an accredited college or university) .

San Antonio College  Law Enforcement Academy is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. (TCOLE).

TCOLE Training

For registeration, e-mail: Mr. Rolando Barrientez, rbarrientez4@alamo.edu & Ms. Jessica Phelt, jbrowne2@alamo.edu

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TCOLE Requirements

Civilian (Non-Licensed Person)

In order to become licensed as a peace officer in Texas there are four requirements:

  • meet the minimum standards for enrollment and initial licensure;
  • successful completion of the basic licensing course;
  • passing of the state licensing examination; and
  • appointment by a law enforcement agency

TCOLE website

If you are a current TCOLE licensed Jailer or Dispatcher please contact us by email sac-lea@alamo.edu. You might be eligible to apply using the Declaration of Licensing Course Enrollment Eligibility (DOLCE).

What can I do with this course study?

Qualified graduates to seek employment for most municipal police departments, county jails, or state correctional facilities.

FAQs

Is college credit awarded?

The Academy is approved for 24 semester credit hours (CE option available for those who qualify).

Are there jobs available?

YES. It may take several months to go through an application process for police agencies. The Academy does sessions for numerous areas for law enforcement agencies. Some agencies will allow academy cadets to participate in their application process prior to graduation; with potential employment contingent upon passing the State licensing examination.

Do you have an age limit?

You must be 21 years of age prior to graduation from the academy. To be admitted, a prospective student must comply with TCOLE rule 217.1

https://www.tcole.texas.gov/content/commission-rules

 

How much of the Academy can I miss?

NONE. You are expected to attend all sessions fo the academy.

Is financial aid available?

YES, to qualified students and veterans.

Financial aid: 21ALAMO (210-212-5266) Toll Free: 1-844-20ALAMO (1-8944-202-5266)

SAC Veterans Affairs Office: 210-486-0111

Email: sac-va@alamo.edu

What additional supplies will I need for class?

Students will be provided a list of required supplies to include: uniforms, safety glasses, ear protection and note-taking materials. (See academy packet for details and equipment list)

What kind of gun will I need?

NONE. The Police Academy will supply all handgun weapon and hand gun ammunition needed for training.

When do I pay for classes?

Tuition/fees must be paid at time of registration, payment plans options are available, Financial Aid and Benefits may be used by those who qualify.

When is the Basic Peace Officer course offered?

Day classes - An academy is offered in both the Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Night Classes - An academy is offered in both the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

There is five (phase) course in the Level One Certificate-Law Enforcement.

Where can I get more information?

You may contact the Protective Services Office.

Phone: (210) 486-1692

E-mail: sac-lea@alamo.edu

Who can assist me in applying to San Antonio College?

Welcome Center

Phone: (210) 212-5266

Email: sac-outreach@alamo.edu

Will this course certify me as a police officer in Texas?

YES. The Academy is the first step. The second step is the licensing exam (TCOLE). After passing the licensing exam, you are eligible to be employed as a Texas peace officer.

Will we have any time off from school?

YES. The academy class follows the college holiday schedule. Students will receive a class calendar on the first day of the class. We are a open learning course and do not always follow the traditional college start and end dates.

LEA Registration Dates (Fall 2022)

The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) is currently taking applications for the next class which starts in January 17, 2023. There will be a morning and evening academy starting (no new weekend academy).

  • All Personal History Statements (PHS) and required paperwork and documentation are due within two (2) weeks of being issued to you. Last day to accept a (PHS) is December 16, 2022 by 5 p.m.
  • All medical (L2) and psychological (L3) are due by the date assigned to you by the LEA.
  • Current TCOLE licensed Jailers and Dispatchers using a Declaration of Licensing Course Enrollment Eligibility (DOLCE/L1) are due by January 4, 2023 by 5 p.m.
  • San Antonio College and the Law Enforcement Academy will be on Winter Break (college closed) December 20, 2022 - January 2, 2023.

Those who do not meet the deadlines may be considered for the Summer 2023 academy.

For more information or to request an application please email sac-lea@alamo.edu.

Semester Important Dates

  • Police Academy Applicants Deadline: December 16, 2022
  • Police Academy Applicants (current detention officers and dispatchers) Deadline: January 4, 2023.
  • San Antonio College and Law Enforcement Academy will be on Winter Break (college closed) December 20, 2022 - Janaury 2, 2023.
Basic Peace Officer I, II, III, IV and V
Day & Nigh Classes start: Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023

Class Times

  • Day: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. / Monday - Friday
  • Night: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. / Monday - Friday

Alamo Colleges Academic/Registration Calendars

  • Archilla, Matthew

    Bowen, Christopher

    Burgess, Michael

    Chaffin, Tina

    Charles, Martin

    Christilles, Ernest

    Contreras, Carlos

    Contreras, Vincent

    DeHoyos, Joseph

    DeLaPortilla, Gilbert

    Ellis, David

    Felan, Jorge

    Flowers, James

    Gonzales, Richard

    Gutierrez, Dustin

    Hixon, William

    Johnson, Brian

    Joseph, Milton C

    Mireles, Johnny

    Moin, Raymond

    Mound, Gary

    Muirhead, John

    O'Dell, Charles

    Padilla, David

    Phelt, Jessica

    Poore, Arthur

    Raft, Lisa

    Redman, Chris

    Rider, Roger

    Robles, Daniel

    Saucedo, Edward

    Stricklin, John

    Treviño, Jose

    Tynefield, Gale

    Valdez, Michael

    Villarreal, Jennifer

Contact Us

Martin Davila
Chair of Protective Services
First Responders Academy
Fire Science/Emergency Management/Mortuary Science

Rolando Barrientez
Director, Law Enforcement Academy
First Responders Academy
sac-lea@alamo.edu
(210) 486-1692

Jessica Phelt
LEA Faculty Instructor
First Responders Academy
sac-lea@alamo.edu
(210) 486-1692

Location(s):
Off-Campus
First Responders Academy (FRA=011) 
15775 IH 35 South
Atascosa, TX 78002
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On-Campus
Oppenheimer Academic Center, Rm 227