Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement

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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.

Career Opportunities


Local Police Departments


County Sheriff's Departments


State Highway Patrols


Federal-Level Jobs


Juvenile Probation Offices


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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