Police Academy

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) operates the LRGV Academy with almost 56 years of experience administering training resources and programs for the development of qualified law enforcement officers throughout the region. LRGV Academy utilizes a wide variety of law enforcement instructors to provide a comprehensive, diverse academy, incorporating the expertise of some of the finest training officials in the region.

The LRGVDC currently has partnerships with law enforcement agencies such as the Cities of Edinburg, Harlingen, Mission, and Weslaco to provide instructors and training site locations that offer accessible day & night training across the Rio Grande Valley. Our primary goal is to provide a premier, valuable training resource for citizens of the area and produce highly qualified, professional law enforcement officers to serve and protect the citizens of the Rio Grande Valley.

Advisory Committee

The LRGV Academy Advisory Committee is required both by Texas law and by TCOLE administrative rule for all training providers and shall provide guidance on policy, procedures, admission, attendance, retention, curriculum, and quality standards in compliance with all TCOLE rules and regulations. Members are comprised of law enforcement leaders, instructors and public advocate members appointed by LRGVDC Executive Director to provide important and critical input reflective of the highest quality and ethical standards.

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

The LRGVDC is a contracted training provider for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement which is the regulatory agency responsible for overseeing training and governing requirements for Texas law enforcement officers, emergency 9-1-1 telecommunicators (dispatchers) and county jailers. The 2023 - 2027 training cycle begins on 09/01/2023 and runs through 8/31/2027. 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). For additional information please visit, www.tcole.texas.gov

State Licensing

Lower Rio Grande Valley Academy Licensing Exam Details:

Location: TSTC Harlingen Testing Center 1902 North Loop 499, Student Services Center Room 312
Email: testing@tstc.edu
Phone: 956-364-4310

To schedule a TCOLE exam, please visit tstc.edu/Testing-Hgn
Choose Group: TCOLE - Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
Available Licensing Exam Choices: Basic Hypnosis, Basic Jailer, Basic Peace Officer, Peace Officer Reactivation, and Telecommunicator

Professional Development

The LRGV Academy routinely coordinates and administers professional development courses to fulfill statutory training requirements for Peace Officers, Telecommunicator Proficiency and County Correction Officers (Jailers). To register for in-service course, look at our In-Service Catalog and send an email to the point-of-contact for the desired course you would like to attend.

For more information on Peace Officer Proficiency, please visit the Peace Officer Proficiency Certificates page, TCOLE webpage, Texas Peace Officer and Reserve page, Telecommunications Officers page, or County Corrections Officers (Jailers) page.

Additional Resources

How To Apply

  • BPOC Rules, Policies, and Procedures Handbook (Approved Oct 2023)
    • For the latest updates on academy-related information, please consult the linked policy manual index.
  • BPOC Application
    • On the day of the exam, ensure you bring the following documents: Completed BPOC Application, TX Driver License, Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, High School Diploma, Auto Insurance, and $25 for the entrance exam fee. If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to call 956-682-3481, ext. 186.
  • Veterans Educational Benefits
    • Explore options for utilizing Veterans Educational Benefits for the BPOC by clicking on the provided link to access the list of qualifying chapters.

Upcoming Basic Peace Officer Course

Tentative Dates:

  • Harlingen Day Session: Orientation: Friday, April 5th, 2024
  • Mission Day Session: May 2024
  • Edinburg Day Session: June 2024

Tentative Dates have not been finalized!

Applicants will be placed on a waiting list until further notice.

Exams will only be offered as needed.

  • Entrance Exam Dates:
    • January 16th, 23rd, 30th
  • Exams begin at 9am.
  • Location: 301 W. Railroad St., Weslaco Texas
  • Registration: https://forms.office.com/g/mRUhiyn6E9
  • Current Active Academy Sessions

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    LRGV Academy Advisory Committee

    Advisory Committee Member Roster
    Advisory Committee Bylaws

    Past Advisory Committee Meetings
    January 23, 2020 (Agenda | Minutes)
    November 5, 2021 (Agenda | Minutes)
    August 30, 2022 (Agenda | Minutes)
    June 21, 2023 (Agenda | Minutes)

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    In Service Calendar

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