Police Academy

The Police Academy at the Criminal Justice Training Center, which is located on the Northwest Campus in Fort Worth, prepares a cadet for a career in law enforcement. Once a cadet completes our program, they will take the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Basic Peace Officer Licensing Exam at our testing center.

The TCOLE report on the Basic Peace Officer Licensing Examination pass rate for 76 state academies for Fiscal Years 2008 to 2013 states that 557 cadets from the TCC Police Academy achieved a 100% pass rate!

Read our Police Academy Information for Independent Applicants (PDF will open in a new window) or watch our video:

Credit or Non-Credit

The cadet has the opportunity to attend the Basic Peace Officer Academy for college credit or for non-credit. If the cadet chooses the credit route, upon successful completion, they will earn 18 college credit hours. These hours will be applied to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice at Tarrant County College.

All police cadets have to be able to perform strenuous physical activities.

Days, Times and Prices

  • Monday through Friday
  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • 19 weeks
  • 736 hours

The Basic Peace Officer course is offered only during the daytime.

Course Fees

Tuition for:

  • Non-Credit (certification only): $680
  • Credit (18 hours of college credit plus certification): $990
  • Out-of-county, 18-college-hour course: $1,368
  • Out-of-state, 18-college-hour course: $3,648

2014 Academy Dates

(tentative dates)

  • November 3 – March  11
    (Independent cadet applications due by: September 19, 2014)

2015 Academy Dates

(tentative dates)

  • January 12 – May 20
    (Independent cadet applications due by: November 14, 2014)
  • March 23 – July 16
    (Independent cadet applications due by: January 30, 2015)
  • May 11 – September 17
    (Independent cadet applications due by: March 27, 2015)

New Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

The 82nd Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 1107, which requires bacterial meningitis vaccinations for all students entering college who are under 22 years of age. Students will have to show proof of vaccination 10 days before the beginning of classes.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has determined that the language in the law does include Continuing Education students. This will have a significant impact on Basic Peace Officer classes at the Police Academy. 

Visit to TCC's Meningitis Vaccinations Web page for more information.

Admission Requirements

  • All applicants to the Basic Peace Officer Academy must meet special admission requirements as established by the Criminal Justice Training Center and its Advisory Committee.
  • All applicants must be 21 years of age before completion of the 736-hour academy. See TCOLE Statutes and Rules Handbook (PDF will open in a new window) for more information.
  • Applicants must meet TCOLE minimum requirements for licensing.
  • Applicants must complete the application packet from the Criminal Justice Training Center.
  • Applicants must pass a complete medical and psychological exam.
    (Packets for employed students are sent to agencies only.)
  • Applicants under 22 years of age must show proof of Bacterial Meningitis vaccination.


After all applications have been reviewed, those individuals selected will be contacted by Jillian Garza. Please wait for her to review your application before you contact her.

Your application must be completed and reviewed.

Items that are needed with your application:

  1. Texas Driver's License
  2. Birth Certificate or Proof of U.S. Citizenship
  3. High School Diploma or GED
  4. College Transcript(s) (if any) - including TSI Assessment scores
  5. DD Form 214 or military discharge papers (applies to those that have served in the military)



Jillian Garza

Michael Hughes



Updated August 29, 2014


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