Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Academy

Law Enforcement Academy

Police cadets at shooting rangeThe Alvin Community College Law Enforcement Academy trains women and men for a career in Law Enforcement. The course curriculum is designed so the student can meet the testing objectives of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and be certified to take the TCOLE licensing examination. In addition, students will earn a total of 25 credit hours. The Academy has graduated over 100 classes since its inception.

The program lasts approximately 19 weeks. The academy is conducted and completed during each of the regular semesters (fall and spring). Classes are conducted between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday; however, Police Emergency Vehicle Operations, skill scenarios and other skills classes may be conducted occasionally on weekends or at night. 


The Alvin Community College-Law Enforcement Academy is an approved training academy by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the program the student must: 

  1. Be a high school graduate or hold a certificate of equivalency (GED).
  2. Be a U.S. Citizen.
  3. Be 21 years of age at the time of completion of the course or seek special approval from the Academy Director.
  4. Agree to purchase and wear the prescribed academy uniform.
  5. Complete TCOLE L-2 (Declaration Medical Condition Declaration) and TCOLE L-3 (Psychological and Emotional Health Declaration).
  6. Accurately complete a personal history statement.
  7. Sign required waiver forms as presented by the college.
  8. Abide by the rules of the Academy and administrative orders.
  9. Meet the minimal standards for licensing as required by TCOLE (Texas Administrative Code 215.15 and 217.1) which are applicable to a training Environment.

The following is a summary of the standards and should any conflict occur between the summarized standards and the TCOLE standards, and then the TCOLE standards will govern: (TCOLE rules are subject to change without notice) 

  1. Be 21 years of age prior to being commissioned.
  2. Be fingerprinted and pay the necessary fees.
  3. No Class A misdemeanor or felony convictions.
  4. Not be on probation or deferred adjudication for any offense above a class “C” misdemeanor.
  5. No convictions in past 10 years for misdemeanor offenses above a Class “C”.
  6. No convictions or served no probation for offenses relating to the responsibilities of the office as a peace officer.
  7. No convictions for offenses involving family violence.
  8. No pending criminal charges above a class C misdemeanor. 
  9. Be of good moral character.
  10. Prior military must have honorable discharge.
  11. Be a U.S. citizen.


Application Period: August 2024 to November 2024

Deadline: November 1, 2024

Program Start: January 13, 2025

The next Academy will begin January 13, 2025. Please check back for more information.

Rules and Regulations

Sponsored Cadets: 

Information Packet

Special Registration Requirements

Since this course is governed by the TCOLE rules the following special conditions apply:

  1. No late registration-all special conditions to registration must be completed prior to the first class meeting.
  2. The student must attend an orientation prior to the start of the academy


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