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Apply to the Police Academy

Choose Your Track

As a cadet, you have the option to attend the Police Academy for college credit or as a non-credit student.

College Credit Option

College credit courses apply toward college or university degrees. Upon completion, you will receive up to 18 semester hours of college credit.

Non-Credit Option

Non-credit courses lead to certifications and professional credentials. Courses award certificate hours or continuing education units (CEUs).

Looking for In-Service Training?

Our Criminal Justice Training Center supports the Tarrant County law enforcement community’s training needs with:

Admission Requirements

You must:

  • Be 21 years of age before completion of the 776-hour academy. See TCOLE Statutes and Rules Handbook for more information.
  • Meet TCOLE minimum requirements for licensing.
  • Complete the application packet from the Criminal Justice Training Center. (Packets for employed students are sent to agencies only.)
  • Pass a complete medical and psychological exam.
  • Be able to perform strenuous physical activities.
  • Show proof of Bacterial Meningitis vaccination if under the age of 22.

Items that are needed with your application:

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


Your application must be completed and reviewed.

After all applications have been reviewed, a Basic Police Officer Academy (BPOA) Coordinator will contact the selected individuals.

Please wait for them to review your application before you contact them.



Northwest Campus

Criminal Justice Training Center / Police Academy

4801 Marine Creek Parkway
Fort Worth, Texas 76179

Police Academy

Jim McGregor, Police Academy Coordinator

Sha King, Police Academy Coordinator

Updated February 03, 2020