During its March meeting, the Central Texas College (CTC) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to authorize college administrators to request Regional Police Academy designation from the Central Texas Council of Governments. CTC will begin a police academy program in the upcoming fall semester offering basic peace officer and extended peace officer courses.
CTC previously conducted training for law enforcement agencies, peace officers, prospective peace officers and civilian personnel but discontinued the program in 2011. The school recently re-obtained licensure from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and needed the vote from its Board of Trustees to request the regional designation.
This semester, CTC conducted its first Basic Jailer Academy course in which 14 cadets graduated the second week of March. The three-week course offered instruction in the care, custody and control of jail inmates, legal issues, gender and cultural diversity and stress management techniques in a local correctional environment. Defensive tactics and liability issues in the corrections field were also taught. The cadets received 108 hours of Texas Code on Law Enforcement instruction and 112 hours of continuing education from CTC. Upon completion of the course, the recent graduates were qualified to take the state certification exam and all 14 have passed the exam.
In April, CTC held a two-week Basic Telecommunicator course to train students as law enforcement dispatchers. Nine students (see photo) successfully completed the course.
The basic peace officer course and extended course will begin in the fall 2014 semester.