Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement

Program Director/Program Coordinator
Name Mary Pyle
Title Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy 
Room N-314
Program Area
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Academy
Phone 409-944-1331
Email mpyle@gc.edu
Admin Support Jamelia Senegal Ext. 412
Law Enforcement Academy Instructor
Name Bart Stephenson
Title Law Enforcement Academy Instructor
Room N-323
Program Area
 Law Enforcement Academy
Phone 409-944-1263
Email bstephen@gc.edu
Admin Support Jamelia Senegal Ext. 412
Student Success Coach/Advisor
Name

Jayne Withers

Ext 220
Galveston College Continuing Education

**Applications for the Next Academy will be available for pickup on October 1, 2018 in room N-323 **

Your Pathway

Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice professionals perform a valuable and essential service for society. They function to prevent and control crime, shield the public from harm, provide detention and rehabilitation services and ensure equal justice for all citizens through the judicial system.

The curriculum in Criminal Justice has been designed to prepare individuals for careers in law enforcement and related occupations. Supported by a broad general education, training is given to develop professional competence in the fields of law enforcement administration, police investigations, the prevention and control of delinquency and crime, court systems and correctional systems. This curriculum is applicable to both the preparatory student and the experienced officer.

The curriculum includes several courses in criminal justice with the remaining courses in related areas, general education and electives. Instruction includes both the theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for future success in the criminal justice field. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate is awarded the associate of science degree. The graduate will also meet the requirements to transfer to a four-year university to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Degrees and Certificates
  • Associate of Art (AA) – Criminal Justice
  • Certificate – Law Enforcement (Police Academy)
Law Enforcement Academy
The Galveston College law Enforcement Academy is designed for those, working full-time jobs, who are seeking their Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) basic peace officers.

The law enforcement academy is a 643 hour course of study leading to certification and authorization to test for a License Texas Peace Officer. The curriculum begins in August and follows the college’s fall and spring semester with graduation being held in May. Classes meeting from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm Monday – Friday.

The course of study includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure
  2. Texas Traffic Laws
  3. Firearms Training
  4. Physical Training/Defensive tactics
  5. Police Vehicle Operation
  6. Vice and Narcotics Investigation
  7. Criminal investigation
  8. Traffic Accident Investigation

See the most recent college catalog for additional information and course descriptions.

Admissions Criteria
All prospective students should pickup a law Enforcement Academy application. All applications must be complete and returned to the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy by June 30.  Applications that are submitted after the deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Program Coordinator. Due to limited enrollment, we cannot accept every applicant. Applicants not admitted to the program must re-apply each year. Successful applicants will be notified by mail of acceptance to the program.

To qualify for admittance, each prospective student must meet the following criteria:

  1. High school graduate, GED, or 12 hours from an accredited college
  2. 21 years of age at the time of licensure
  3. No felony convictions
  4. No convictions of a Class B misdemeanor or above within the last ten (10) years
  5. No family violence convictions
  6. Pass a drug test, psychological screening, physical, and background check
  7. Pass Galveston College entrance reading and writing exam

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive 24 college credits and be qualified to sit for the state licensing exam. After passing the exam you will be certified by the State of Texas to obtain employment anywhere in the state as a Texas Peace Officer.

The Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy is currently on an at risk status due to not achieving an 80% first attempt pass rate over the three-year period.

FALL Law Enforcement CE / In-Service Classes
DATE CLASS COURSE ROOM TIME COST
Oct. 2 Interacting with Drivers Deaf/ Hard of Hearing (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 7887 8:00 am-12:00pm (4 hrs.) $25
Oct 15-19

Basic Instructor Course

Note: this course requires several hours of homework in addition to class work.  Knowledge of computers is a must and basic PowerPoint skills will be covered during this week.  Only 15 slots are available.

TCOLE Course 1014 Room Seibel Wing SW-101B 8:00 am–5:00 pm Daily   (40 hrs.) $50
Oct. 17-18 Use of Force (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 2107 Room FA-213 8:00am-5:00pm (12 hrs.) $25
Oct 29 Canine Encounters (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 4065

8:00 am – 12:00 pm 

(4 hrs.)

$25
Oct 29-Nov2 Crisis Intervention Training (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 1850 Room Seibel Wing SW-101B 8:00 – 5:00 pm (40 hrs.) $50
Nov. 14 Special Investigative Topics (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 2178 Room FA-213 8:00 – 5:00 pm (8 hrs.) $25
Nov. 26-30 Crisis Intervention Training (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 1850 Room Seibel Wing SW-101B 8:00 – 5:00 pm (40 hrs.) $50
Dec. 3 – 5 New Supervisors School TCOLE Course 3737 Taught by SGT Kilburn, GCSO 8:00 am-5:00 pm (24 hrs.) $25
For More Information
Contact CE CE@gc.edu
SPRING Law Enforcement CE / In-Service Classes
DATE CLASS COURSE ROOM TIME COST
Jan. 9–11  Spanish for Law Enforcement Officers (Intermediate) Course 2109 8:00am-5:00pm (24 hrs.) $25
Jan. 21-23 Child Abuse Prevention and Investigations (Intermediate) Courses 2105 8:00AM- 5:00PM (24 hrs. total) $25
Feb. 7-8 Use of Force (Intermediate) Course 2107 8:00am-5:00pm (16 hrs.) $25
Feb. 12-15 Crime Scene Investigations (Intermediate) Course 2106 Taught by GCSO – CSU 8:00am – 5:00pm (32 hrs.) $25
Feb. 28 Canine Encounters (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 4065

8:00 am – 12pm

(4 hrs.)

$25
March 4 Cultural Diversity for Law Enforcement Officers Course 3939 8:00am-5:00pm (8 hrs.) $25
March 6  Special Investigative Topics (Intermediate) Course 3232 8:00am-5:00pm (8 hrs.) $25
March 18-19 Patrol Rifle Course 3326 8:00am – 5:00pm (16 hrs.) $25
April 2– 5 Crime Scene Investigations (Intermediate) Course 2106 Taught by GCSO – CSU 8:00am – 5:00pm (32 hrs.) $25
April 15–19  Basic Instructor Course Course 1014 8:00 am-5:00 pm (40 hrs.) $50
April 22-26 Crisis Intervention Training (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 1850 8:00am – 5:00 pm (40 hrs.) $50
May 1 Interacting with Drivers who are Deaf or hard of Hearing Course 7887

8:00 – 12:00

(4 hrs.)

$25
May 1 Canine Encounters (Intermediate) Course 7887

8:00 – 12:00

(4 hrs.)

$25
May 2-3 Patrol Rifle Course 3326 Taught by GPD SWAT 8:00am – 5:00pm (16 hrs.) $25
May 20 Missing and Exploited Children (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 3270 Taught by SI Justin Redding 8:00AM- 12:00PM (4 Hrs.) $25
June 3 Crime Prevention for Patrol Officers Course  3902

8:00 am – 5:00 PM

(8 hrs.)

$25
June 11 Canine Encounters (Intermediate) Course 7887

8:00 – 12:00

(4 hrs.)

$25
June 12 De-escalation Techniques (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 4065 8:00 am – 5:00 pm $25
June 19-20 Arrest, Search & Seizure (Intermediate) Course 2108

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

(16 hrs.)

$25

July

8-9

Use of Force (Intermediate) Course 2107

8:00 am – 5:00pm

(16 hrs.)

$25

July 11 

De-escalation Techniques (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 1849 

 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

$25

 July 17  

Auto Theft for Patrol Officers Course 3200

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

(8 hrs.) 

$25
July 23-26 Crime Scene Investigations (Intermediate) Course 2106

8:00 am– 5:00 pm

(32 hrs.)

$25
Aug. 1 Special Investigative Topics Course 3232 8:00 am – 5:00pm (8 hrs.) $25
Aug. 5-7  New Supervisor’s Course (24 hrs.) Course 3737 8:00AM – 5:00PM (24 hrs.) $25
Aug 12-16 Crisis Intervention Training (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 1850 8:00am – 5:00 pm (40 hrs.) $50
Aug 20 De-escalation Techniques (Intermediate) TCOLE Course 1849 8:00 am – 5:00pm $25

Career Opportunities

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Local Police Departments

 
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County Sheriff's Departments

 
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State Highway Patrols

 
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Federal-Level Jobs

 
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Juvenile Probation Offices

 
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Private Security

 

Employment Outlook

Employment opportunities for both men and women have never been better. The need is critical.

Surveys reflect that the present need for law enforcement officers, particularly on the local level, will not diminish but will continue to grow. There are plenty of career opportunities in the field of law enforcement at various levels.

 

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