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Police Academy: Non-Credit Applicants

  • Independent applicants are not employed by local agencies
  • Sponsored applicants are employed by local agencies

Independent Applicants

Cadets hired by local agencies are given priority, but we do offer opportunities to individuals when space is available.

To apply as an independent candidate, you must:

  1. Complete the Academy Interest & Initial Screening Form
    • We use the interest form/questionnaire to determine if you meet minimum requirements for enrollment, including requisites mandated by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

      If you meet minimal entry requirements:
  2. Complete a personal history statement and Police Academy application
    • We will email the statement form and the application to you.
    • You will have 30 days to submit these forms.

Completion of these documents does not guarantee selection because seats are limited, and acceptance is competitive.

We strongly encourage you to seek employment with a police department in conjunction with an independent application in order to increase your chances of being accepted in the TCC Police Academy.

About Your Supporting Documents

The documents you submit for attendance are only valid for 6 months from the time of submission:

  • Personal history statement
  • Criminal records checks
  • Driver’s license checks
  • Psychological examination

If you are not accepted to a class within that time frame, you must complete those documents again to continue in our process.

Sponsored Applicants

Before applying directly to our program, we encourage you to apply for employment to police agencies in North Texas because they may send you through the police academy as an employee.

Looking for In-Service Training?

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



Northwest Campus

Criminal Justice Training Center / Police Academy

4801 Marine Creek Parkway
Fort Worth, Texas 76179

Independent Applicant Information

Anthony Giardino, Background Investigator

Police Academy

Jim McGregor, Police Academy Coordinator

Sha King, Police Academy Coordinator

Updated October 30, 2019