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Apply to the Law Enforcement Academy

Independent Applicants

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

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How to Apply

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 Law Enforcement Academy application.
    • We will email the statement form and the application to you.
    • You will have 14 days to submit these forms.
  3. Complete a physical fitness test.
  4. Complete and pass the Law Enforcement Academy entrance exam.
    • If you pass the physical fitness test, we will schedule you for the Academy entrance exam.

Admission Requirements

You must:

  • Be 21 years of age before completion of the 776-hour Academy. See TCOLE Statutes and Rules Handbook on the TCOLE websiteListen 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

Law Enforcement Academy — Public Safety Training Center

Sha King
Basic Peace Officer Coordinator

Call 817-515-7370


Northwest Campus

Law Enforcement Academy — Public Safety Training Center

Rafael Perea
In-Service Program Coordinator

Call 817-515-7217


Updated March 28, 2022