Regional Police Academy and Training Center

The 2015 – 2017 training cycle began on 9/1/2015 and runs though 8/31/2017. During the training cycle, all TCOLE licensees (Peace Officers, Telecommunications Officers, and County Jailers) are required to complete professional development depending on the type of license held and the individual’s proficiency certification level (Basic, Intermediate, Advance or Master). Please note this from the TCOLE webpage:

There are two 24-month periods in the current training cycle which ends on August 31, 2017. The first 24-month period, or unit, begins on 09/01/2013 and ends on 08/31/2015. The second 24-month period, or unit, begins on 09/01/2015 and ends on 08/31/2017, which is also the conclusion date of the 48-month training cycle.

Peace Officers are required to complete at least 40-hours of professional development, including the legislative updates course, 3184, during the current two-year cycle. Peace Officers need to complete specific course based on their proficiency level. The LRGVDC Regional Police Academy and Training Center (RPA) offers courses, which lead to the intermediate, advance and master proficiency levels, and satisfies the statutory training requirements.

Furthermore, the RPA offers courses of interest to Peace Officers. However, due to recent social stigma throughout the United States, the RPA recommends that all Peace Officers complete the following courses during this training cycle in addition to any other mandated courses individuals need to complete: Verbal De-Escalation Techniques (8 hours), Verbal Judo (16 hours), Excited Delirium (8 hours), Crisis Intervention Update (8 hours), Ethics (8 hours), Autism Recognition and Response Training (8 hours), Defensive Tactics (24 hours), AMBER Alert Training (4 hours), and Sex Offender Registration (8 hours). For more information on Peace Officer Proficiency, please visit the TCOLE webpage or visit the Texas Peace Officer and Reserve page.

Telecommunications Officers are required to take at least 20-hours of professional development during this two- year cycle. However, TCOLE Rules do not specify any courses for Telecommunications Officers. The RPA recommends the following courses for Telecommunications Officers: AMBER Alert Training (4 hours), Verbal De-Escalation Techniques (8 hours), Ethics (8 hours), Excited Delirium (8 hours), and Crisis Communications (24 hours). For more information on Telecommunicator Proficiency, please visit the TCOLE webpage or visit the Telecommunications Officers page.

County Jailers (County Corrections Officers) are required to complete at least 40-hours of professional development during the cycle, which includes Cultural Diversity within the 40-month cycle (9/1/2013 – 8/31/2017). The RPA recommends the following courses for County Jailers: Ethics (8 hours), Excited Delirium (8 hours), Verbal De-Escalation Techniques (8 hours), Verbal Judo (16 hours), Autism Recognition and Response Training (8 hours), and Crisis Intervention (16 hours). For more information on Telecommunicator Proficiency, please visit the TCOLE webpage or visit the County Corrections Officers (Jailers) page.

Members of the RPA are pleased to announce their membership in the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). IADLEST is an international organization of training managers and executives dedicated to the improvement of public safety personnel. IADLEST serves as the national forum of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) agencies, boards, and commissions as well as statewide training academies throughout the United States.


Additionally, IADLEST has started an initiative for National Certified Programs (NCP). The premise here is for law enforcement to be transferrable across state boundaries, including federal training. The RPA is motivated by this initiative and has asked to become members of the review committees for NCP approval. For more information on IADLEST, please visit the IADLEST webpage, and for specific information about the NCP visit IADLEST-NCP.

The RPA continues to work with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) on course development, review and delivery. In furtherance of this initiative, the RPA members attend the TCOLE Training Coordinator’s Consortium and the TCOLE Quarterly meetings in Austin each quarter of the year (September, December, March and June), and the Annual TCOLE Training Coordinator’s Conference in Corpus Christi. For more information on TCOLE, please visit the TCOLE webpage. If you have questions regarding TCOLE, please contact our Region III Representative, Agent Derry Minor via email at Derry.Minor@tcole.texas.gov.

The RPA staff reminds all licensees to complete their mandatory professional development per TCOLE Rules and Chapter 1701 of the Texas Occupations Code.


If you visit Austin, TX, please take time to visit the Texas Peace Officer Memorial (POM) on the north lawn of the State Capitol building. The POM depends on donations for its maintenance and upkeep. For more information visit the Texas Peace Officer Memorial Foundation.