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Eastfield College’s Criminal Justice Training Center

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Eastfield College’s Criminal Justice Training Center was licensed to provide Basic Peace Officer training and In-Service Peace Officer Training by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) in 1991 and has graduated more than 2,500 students.

Our Basic Peace Officer training goal is to produce graduates who can perform law enforcement work at entry level and pass the TCLEOSE certification exam. Our pass rate is 93 percent on the first attempt and 99 percent by the third attempt.

Course Structure and Length

Our state-licensed academy offers Basic Peace Officer courses in three options of time and length:

  • Full-day daytime classes: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (generally one semester) 
  • Half-day daytime classes: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon (generally two semesters)
  • Half-day evening classes: Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (generally two semesters)

TCLEOSE requires 618 hours of basic peace officer instruction on specified topics. Our law enforcement academy requires and provides 774 hours.

Costs and Materials

  • There are five payment installments for Basic Peace Officer courses, with four payments of $350 each plus a final payment of $150.
  • Supplies will cost a total of $200 to $700 depending on student need.
  • TCLEOSE Peace Officer Licensing Examination

    Upon completion of the academy, successful students will be presented with a certificate of eligibility to take the TCLEOSE peace officer licensing examination. The examination can be taken at Eastfield College.

    Earning College Credit

    Eastfield College’s Criminal Justice Training Center is administered through its Social Science Division as a Continuing Education program, and course credits are awarded in continuing education units (CEUs).

    However, upon completion of Basic Peace Officer training, you may apply to Eastfield College to be awarded 13 hours of college credit.

    The following courses will be given as nontransferable academic credit to students who have successfully completed the Basic Police Academy and who have passed the Texas Basic Officer Licensing Examination through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). Credit awarded will not be assigned a grade but will be recorded as “credit awarded.”

    A total of 13 credit hours may be given for:

    • CJLE 2420 Texas Peace Officer Procedures (four credit hours)
    • CJLE 2421 Texas Peace Officer Law (four credit hours)
    • CJLE 2522 Texas Peace Officer Skills (five credit hours)

    Prior to applying for nontransferrable academic credit, you must:

    • Meet all registration requirements as set forth by the colleges of DCCCD and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS); and
    • File a Criminal Justice degree plan with your advisor and successfully complete at least six hours of Criminal Justice courses.

    Specialty, Mandatory and In-Service Courses

    Other courses are offered in specific areas for law enforcement officers. These courses are designed to comply with TCLEOSE requirements and to upgrade officers’ professional skills.

    For More Information

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