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
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.
Full-Time and Part-Time BPOC
The full-time day BPOC classes run 6:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday for approximately 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 6-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and 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:
- Fill out and submit a Personal History Statement (PDF).
- Attend a scheduled Entrance Exam (Note: applicants may not attend the Entrance Exam until he or she has submitted the Personal History Statement).
To submit your completed Personal History Statement, please scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to:
6800 Burleson Road
Building 310, Suite 165
Austin, TX 78744
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.
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 is an approved Veteran’s Administration school. Qualified candidates may apply for Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill benefits, and Chapter 33, Post 911 GI Bill benefits, while attending the BPOC.
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.
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 subject to change. CAPCOG RLEA recommends that applicants make no purchases until he or she has been accepted into the program.
|Entry Level Testing||$25|
|Criminal History Background Check||$41.45|
|Psychological/Emotional Evaluation (MMPI)||$200|
|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|
|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 keepers (set of 4)||$10|
|Collapsible Baton Holder||$10|
|Double Magazine Holder||$20|
|Weapons and Ammunition (mid-course)||Cost|
|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)
|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
• 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
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