As Central Texas College (CTC) prepares to open it police academy again this fall, 26 students recently completed the Basic Jailer course. The three-week class, which was first offered this spring, provides study in various areas of the corrections field so students may obtain jailer certification through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
During the training, students completed 112 training hours of TCOLE instruction and 112 hours of continued training through CTC. Instruction included care, custody and control of jail inmates, gender and cultural diversity, legal issues, stress management techniques for a local correctional environment, defensive tactics and liability issues in the corrections field. Upon completion of the course, the recent graduates were qualified to take the certification exam on June 30.
Graduates of the third Basic Jailer course were the top graduate of the class, Maurice Gary, and Brandon Albert, Benito Alcozer, Mark Alcozer, Kaitlyn Braddock, Bobby Branch, Vincent Dingianni, Hunter Droddy, Haime Edwards, James Extine, Lewis Felton, Joe Fernandez, Marc Gibbs, Karen Herzog, Raymond Holguin, James Jenney, Robert Koehne, Adrian Ocampo, William Purdie, Brent Schmidt, Darrin Turley, James Valdez, Raymond Villareal III, Simon Webster, Brett Whitesell and Krista Withers.
Dinginanni and Schmidt are with the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office while all other graduates are with the Bell County Sheriff’s Office.
Starting this fall, CTC will again open its police academy and offer the Basic Peace Officers and the Extended Basic Peace Officers courses. Both classes offer training for law enforcement agencies, peace officers, prospective peace officers and civilian personnel.
The basic course is a 20-week course for members of local police, sheriff or correctional agencies to fill peace officer or commissioned positions. The extended course includes 740 hours of training and instruction designed to prepare the graduating cadet to take the State licensing examination to be a peace officer in the Texas. It also establishes a base line of training so the respective sheriff and police departments can provide additional field training to the individual cadets.
Individual blocks of instruction are presented in a variety of topics including multiculturalism and human relations, interpersonal communications, problem solving, ethics and professionalism, victims’ rights, Texas Penal Code, Texas Traffic Code, Texas Family Code, use of force law and concepts, firearms, defensive tactics, police vehicle operation, criminal investigation, stress management and physical conditioning.