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Law Enforcement Academy Certificate Level 1 (43.0107)

Law Enforcement Academy Certificate Level 1 (43.0107)  Uvalde and Eagle Pass Campuses


Academy Application

2023 - 2024 Academy Application

Application Packet

Packets for the Uvalde Alpha Class are due on Friday, December 2, 2022, at 4:00 pm.

*Mandatory Orientation for the Uvalde Alpha Class will be held on Friday, January 6, 2023, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

The application can be filled in on the user's computer and then printed for submission or printed and then handwritten for submission. You may return the completed forms and required documentation to the following campus location:

Teresa Zamarripa
Administrative Assistant

Southwest Texas Junior College
Wagner Building (Building I)
2401 Garner Field Road
Uvalde, TX 78801
(830) 591-4158


Law Enforcement Academy Purpose

The purpose of the Southwest Texas Junior College Law Enforcement Academy’s Basic Peace Officer course, a 720-hour course of study, is to prepare prospective law enforcement officers for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Certification Exam. Students who successfully complete the Academy will earn a Level 1 Certificate in Criminal Justice and will be able to sit for the TCOLE Basic Peace Officer State Exam. In addition, upon successful completion, the student may apply the Level 1 Certificate towards the Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science (AAS – Basic Peace Officer option). The Academy also offers TCOLE in-service courses at both intermediate and advanced levels for the purpose of enhancing the Peace Officers’ level of proficiency and meeting training requirements.


Admission Requirements- Basic Peace Officer Program

To be admitted, a prospective student must comply with TCOLE rule 217.1 https://www.tcole.texas.gov/content/commission-rules

Below is a summary of that rule, but please review all TCOLE requirements at the URL above.
  • The Level I Certificate is TSI-waived; however individuals are encouraged to take the TSI Assessment and, if necessary, enroll in the appropriate developmental education courses in preparation to continue to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Criminal Justice. Individuals who have Military Exemption or individuals with a B.S. or B.A. degree or higher will not be required to test.
  • complete an SWTJC Application for Admission.
  • submit a completed Criminal History Check form (FAST form).
  • be physically sound for the performance of duty appropriate to the type of license sought. Submit Physician, psychological and Drug Screening results (TCOLE L-2 & L-3 Forms).
A student who has completed all coursework for the A.A.S. Criminal Justice degree except for “Basic Peace Officer” courses (CJLE 1429, CJLE 1506, CJLE 1512, CJLE 1518, and CJLE 1524,) may apply to the Southwest Texas Junior College Law Enforcement Academy in order to complete these courses.

Program of Study

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Program of Study

Law Enforcement Academy Certificate Program of Study
Course Number Title Credit
CJLE 1506 Basic Peace Officer I 5
CJLE 1512 Basic Peace Officer II 5
CJLE 1518 Basic Peace Officer III 5
CJLE 1524 Basic Peace Officer IV 5
CJLE 1429 Basic Peace Officer V 4
Total Credit Hours for Certificate 24

Tuition and Fees 

Students enrolling in the Academy pay regular college tuition, fees and additional surcharges. Additional fees are also required prior to admission upon acceptance to the program. The following fees are approximate costs identified to assist the student in financial planning (Note: prices vary from year to year):

  • CPR Certification Fee = $30.00
  • State Test Fee - $35.00

Prior to Acceptance to the Academy

  • Students MUST be approved by TCOLE fingerprint screening. Students must make an appointment with FAST services online https://uenroll.identogo.com/servicecode/11G4J8 - $38.50.
  • Physical and Drug Screening (L-2 form) must be completed by a licensed physician designated by the Academy – prices vary depending on the physician. (contact the Academy office for physician information).
  • Students must complete a Psychological exam (L-3 form) with an approved Academy psychologist (contact the Academy office for psychologist information) - $100.00 (prices subject to change).
  • The Level I Certificate is TSI-waived; however individuals are encouraged to take the TSI Assessment and, if necessary, enroll in the appropriate developmental education courses in preparation to continue to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Criminal Justice.

Upon acceptance to the Academy

Once a student has been accepted into the Southwest Texas Junior College Law Enforcement Academy, the following purchases will need to be made:

    • A uniform of Royal Blue Classroom shirt and Grey PT shirt MUST be ordered from an approved vendor (contact the Academy office for vendor information).
    • Academy Headcover (cap with Academy seal) MUST be made from an approved vendor (contact the Academy office for vendor information).
    • Khaki tactical pants (no specific vendor)
      Black Duty Boots, minimum 8” high(must be able to shine) – Prices vary
    • Black Shorts/Black Sweatpants/Black Windpants for PT
    • Black socks
    • Running sneakers
  • Books purchased through SWTJC bookstore: (HFRG Threat Pattern Recognition Use of Force Student, Priced at campus bookstore)
  • Ammunition (PISTOL/RIFLE AMMO MUST BE BRASS CASINGS ONLY)
    • 9mm (9x19mm) Pistol AMMO: 800-1,000 rounds
    • 12 GAUGE
      • Shotgun-SLUGS: 15 ROUNDS
      • Shotgun-00, 9 PELLET BUCKSHOT: 15 ROUNDS
      • Shotgun-Birdshot: 25 ROUNDS
    • Remington .223/NATO or 5.56 RIFLE AMMO: 300 ROUNDS
  • Testing
    • State Exam - $35.00

Withdrawal and Dismissal Policy

Southwest Texas Junior College Southwest Texas Junior College Law Enforcement Academy reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student whose health, attendance, conduct, personal qualities or scholastic records indicate that it would be inadvisable for the student to continue in the program. Students must maintain a minimum grade of 80 in all areas of the academy program. Students withdrawing from the academy must comply with the SWTJC withdrawal policy and must participate in an exit interview in order to remain in good standing.


Law Enforcement Academy Class Schedule

Daytime Classes

Alpha Class – Uvalde; M-F, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Evening Classes

Bravo Class Night Academy – Eagle Pass; M-TH, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Law Enforcement Academy Resources

Gainful Employment Disclosure (Certificate)

Career Coach

Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.


In-service Training


Contact SWTJC Law Enforcement Academy

J Guzman
Juan (Johnny) C. Guzman
Dean of Applied Sciences and Workforce Education
Email
(830) 591-7264
J Field
Johnny J. Field
Academy Coordinator
Email
(830) 591-7201
B Diaz
Beco Diaz
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-7314
E Zamora
Emmanuel Zamora
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-7348
A Gonzalez
Amy Gonzalez
Instructor
Email
J Cervantes
Jose Cervantes, Jr.
Instructor
Email
T Zamarripa
Teresa Zamarripa
Administrative Assistant
Email
(830) 591-4158

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215 W. Zavala Street
Crystal City, TX 78839
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Building A
207 Wildcat Drive
Del Rio, TX 78840
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Areli Fisher
Administration & Student Services Building
3101 Bob Rogers Drive
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
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Michelle Torres
South Texas Regional Training Center
402 Carter Street
Hondo, TX 78861
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Ana Lisa Conde
Fly Memorial Building (Building S)
2401 Garner Field Road
Uvalde, TX 78801
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Uvalde, TX 78801
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