Regional Police Academy and Training Center
The LRGVDC Regional Police Academy and Training Center offers the Basic Peace Officer Certification (BPOC) course here in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Region. The BPOC is the required course for entry into law enforcement in the state of Texas. Upon completion of the BPOC, candidates are eligible for employment as peace officers any-where in the state of Texas.
Those candidates who are licensed peace officers from other states, federal agents or Military Police Officers (minimum of 24 months active duty as a Military Police Officer) may be eligible for the Supplemental Peace Officer Course (SPOC). Please contact the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for more information regarding the SPOC.
To qualify for the Academy, one must be a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma from an accredited high school or G.E.D. certificate, have a clean criminal record, pass a psychological examination and physical examination, including pre-employment drug screening, and successfully pass an entrance exam with a minimum score of 70%. If an applicant is a U.S. military veteran, the applicant must have been honorably discharged as indicated on the DD-214. Lastly, those candidates under thirty years of age must have a meningitis vaccination within the past five (5) years and it must be administered at least ten (10) days prior to the first scheduled class day. For more information on the Academy Entrance Exam and/or academy class start dates and locations, see "Important Information" links to the right.
Additionally, the Academy offers professional development courses for veteran police officers. Such courses include the state mandatory courses to maintain the officer's peace officer license, core courses for proficiency certificates (Intermediate, Advance, and Master), as well as other courses such as the Mental Health Officer license, Basic and Advance Instructor Development courses, Firearms Instructor and Proficiency courses, etc. See the "Specialty Courses" and "Important Information" links to the right for more information and to view the monthly training calendars.
The Academy works closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Texas Department of Public Safety and other state and federal agencies to ensure quality professional development is available in the region. Please contact the Academy for a complete listing of courses offered.
The Regional Training Center conducts safety programs throughout the community. For example, the Regional Training Center has conducted the Decision Making program at the Hidalgo County Juvenile Detention Facility and the Alcohol Awareness program for students in the Edinburg and Harlingen schools. Staff of the Regional Training Center is available for safety presentations and can tailor presentations based on the type of audience. Please contact the Regional Training Center to schedule any public safety presentation that best fit your needs.