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6800 Burleson Road
Building 310, Suite 165
Austin, TX 78744

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Basic Peace Officer Course

CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy's Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC) provides academic and practical instruction as well as preparation for the Texas State Peace Officer Licensing Examination required for all persons hoping to become a Texas peace officer. Find more information about  about the full-time, day and part-time, night courses below. The information includes application requirements, costs and more.

Registering for a BPOC

A CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy student practices using a radar gun. Interested in the Basic Peace Officer Course? Register today on the training page, including providing requested contact information for Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) staff to contact prospective candidates about five to eight weeks before the next BPOC. Candidates must attend an orientation to receive the packet of forms necessary for completing the entrance requirements. Dates and times for orientation as well as deadlines for tuition and forms will be emailed to candidates.

> Register for a BPOC today. 

Full-Time and Part-Time BPOC

The full-time day BPOC classes run from 6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday for about 6 months. The classes, held at CAPCOG RLEA in the Mesquite Room training facility, comprise academic lessons followed by physical fitness training.

The part-time night BPOC classes run from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. These classes, usually held off site at various locations, are geared toward working adults who find it necessary to maintain their employment while attending the course. Please note the location posted under each class. 

BPOC Entrance Requirements

Personal History Statement

Applicants interested in enrolling CAPCOG’s Basic Peace Officer Certification Course must:

To submit your completed Personal History Statement, please scan and email it to or mail it to:

6800 Burleson Road
Building 310, Suite 165
Austin, TX 78744

Academic Testing

CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy graduates lineup to receive their diplomas.Candidates must undergo a timed, four-part test covering basic mathematics, reading comprehension, basic grammar/spelling and writing skills. This test is administered at CAPCOG RLEA by RLEA staff on scheduled orientation days. Testing and orientation days are scheduled for only one BPOC class posting at a time.

Candidates with a bachelor's degree are exempt from the academic testing.


The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement mandates that candidates must reach his or her 21st birthday by the end date of the BPOC class he or she is attending. There is no other age requirement.


Candidates must have one of the following combinations of documented educational milestones completed and submit transcripts for all education:
• A high school diploma or
• A GED plus 12 semester credits from an accredited college or university or
• A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college.

Military Status

Candidates who have served in the military for any amount of time are required to submit a complete Form DD-214 (Member 4 page) showing his or her discharge classification and re-enlistment code. In order to be admitted into the BPOC Program, there must be no dishonorable discharge or other discharge based on misconduct that would bar future military services.

CAPCOG RLEA does not accept GI bills.

Physical and Psychological Fitness

Day Class: Candidates must be able to run for 2 miles and pass a Peace Officer Physical administered by a licensed Texas physician.

Night Class: Candidates must be able to pass a Peace Officer Physical administered by a licensed Texas physician.

All candidates must be able to pass a psychological exam called an MMPI administered by a licensed Texas psychologist or psychiatrist.

Criminal History

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Cannot have been convicted of a Class B Misdemeanor within the past 10 years.
  • Cannot have been convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor within his/her lifetime.
  • Cannot have been convicted of a Felony within his/her lifetime.
  • Cannot have any pending Class B Misdemeanors, Class A Misdemeanors, or Felonies.
  • Cannot have ever been convicted of any offense involving family violence.
  • Cannot be prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle.
  • Cannot be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.


Candidates must be a United States Citizen.


Applicants to the Basic Peace Officer Program will incur costs during both the qualifications phase as well as after being accepted into the program as shown below. The following table includes the typical costs that an applicant will incur. The tuition, books, and supplies are the only fees paid directly to CAPCOG; all other fees and expenses are paid by the applicant/student to outside vendors. Pricing for the various items and equipment vary and are subject to change. CAPCOG RLEA recommends applicants make no purchases until they have been accepted into the program.

Qualifications Phase Cost
Entry Level Testing $25
Criminal History Background Check $41.45
Physical $75
Drug Screen $50
Psychological/Emotional Evaluation (MMPI) $200
Tuition $2,500
Books & Supplies $100
DPS Driving History $10
Certified Birth Certificate $22


Daily Uniform (prior to start of class) Cost
Polo Shirts $24-34 each (minimum of 2 required)
Khaki 5.11 Tactical Taclite Pro Pant $49.99
Garrison Belt $20
Police Tactical Boots $90
Shirt/Short Set for Physical Training $24-$26 each set (minimum of 1 required)


Duty Rig  (mid-course) Cost
Duty Belt $25
Duty Belt keepers (set of 4) $10
Handcuffs Case $15
Collapsible Baton Holder $10
Double Magazine Holder $20
Handcuffs $30
Holster $50


Weapons and Ammunition (mid-course) Cost
ASP Baton $100
Handgun $500
1000 rounds ammunition $300
15 rounds buckshot (OO or OOO) $30


Additional Supplies and Fees Cost
Lab Fees for Driving Training $35
TCOLE Peace Officer Licensing Exam
(veterans are exempt)
Mouthpiece $2
Running shoes $30
Misc. office supplies $30

Certifications and Syllabus

Note: This is a complete listing based on the Full-Time Day BPOC schedule. The Part-Time Evening BPOC syllabus may be modified to fit the Part-Time Evening model while still fulfilling the requirements mandated by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for the Basic Peace Officer Course. Some topics or certifications may be eliminated to fit the particular schedule.


• Basic Peace Officer Course
• Semi-Automatic Handgun
• Shotgun
• Less Than Full Access TCIC/NCIC
• Community 1st Aid, CPR, and AED
• Tactical Police Driving
• Expandable Baton
• OC Certified
• Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
• NIMS – ICS 100 and ICS 700

> Review the BPOC Syllabus. 

Questions? Call 512-916-6160 or send email to

Daily Uniform (prior to start of class):  
Polo Shirts $100.00
Black BDU Rip-Stop poly/cotton Pants(banana bay) $75.00
Garrison Belt $20.00
Police Tactical Boots $90.00
Shirt/Short Set for Physical Training $50.00