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

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Basic Peace Officer Course

The CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy's Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC) provides academic, practical instruction, and preparation for the Texas State Peace Officer Licensing Examination required for all people hoping to become a Texas peace officer. It offers at least three courses a year.

Full-Time and Part-Time BPOCs

A CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy student practices using a radar gun.

Full-time day BPOCs run from 6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday for about 6 months. Classes are held at the CAPCOG offices in the Mesquite training room and consist of academic lessons and physical fitness training.

Part-time night BPOCs run from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Classes are usually held off site at various locations and are geared toward working adults who find it necessary to maintain employment while attending the course. Please note the location of the BPOC.

> Find the next scheduled BPOC.

CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy graduates lineup to receive their diplomas.

Testing and Registering for BPOCs

Academic Testing

BPOC 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 by RLEA staff on certain examination days which are scheduled for only one BPOC at a time. Each examination costs $50.

If no examination registration page is listed, then the scheduled exam time has passed. Please check back for future exam opportunities; however, there may be no new exam times for the most upcoming BPOC.

> Register to take a BPOC examination.

Personal History Statement

After passing the test, BPOC applicants will need to complete a Personal History Statement provided by CAPCOG before they can be enrolled. Completed Personal History Statements must be scanned and emailed to or mailed to:

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

> Read CAPCOG's admission procedures for prospective BPOC cadets.

BPOC Entrance Requirements

Reviewing the personal history statement and other qualification documents such as Psychological/Emotional Evaluation (MMPI) and Criminal History Background Check, CAPCOG will determine if a person meets the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements or is prohibited from entering a course based on RLEA’s BPOC Applicant Disqualification Guidelines.


TCOLE issues Peace Officers Licenses to applicants who are at least 21 years of age; or 18 years of age if the applicant:

  • has received an associate's degree; or
  • earned 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university; or
  • has received an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States after at least two years of active service.


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.

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’s RLEA does not accept GI bills.

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 currently be awaiting trial for final disposition for any criminal offense.
  • 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.

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.

Other Requirements & Disqualifiers

> Read CAPCOG’s BPOC Applicant Disqualification Guidelines.
> Read the TCOLE cadet requirements in full.

Summary of Costs

BPOC applicants will incur costs during the qualifications phase and after being accepted into the program. The following tables include typical costs for applicants. The testing, tuition, books, and supplies are the only fees paid directly to CAPCOG; all other fees and expenses are paid by the applicant 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 are fully accepted into the program.


Qualifications Phase Cost
Entry Level Testing Fee $50
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
Box of 25 rounds of Birdshot $8
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
• 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