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Criminal Justice Training Center

In order for an individual to enroll in any basic licensing course which provides instruction in defensive tactics, arrest procedures, firearms, or use of a motor vehicle for law enforcement purposes, the academy must have on file:

(1) written documentation that the person is currently licensed by the commission; or

(2) if the person is not licensed by the commission, documentation that the individual has been subjected to a search of local, state and national records to disclose any criminal record;

(A) is not currently charged with any criminal offense for which conviction would be a bar to licensure;
(B) community supervision history:
(i) has never been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order; but
(ii) the commission may approve the application of an individual who received probation or court-ordered community supervision for a Class B misdemeanor at least five (5) years prior to enrollment if an agency administrator sufficiently demonstrates in writing with supporting documentation that mitigating circumstances exist with the case and with the individual applying for licensure, and that the public interest would be served by reducing the waiting period;
(C) conviction history:
(i) has never been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years; but
(ii) the commission may approve the application of an individual who was convicted of a Class B misdemeanor at least five (5) years prior to enrollment if an agency administrator sufficiently demonstrates in writing with supporting documentation that mitigating circumstances exist with the case and with the individual applying for licensure, and that the public interest would be served by reducing the waiting period.
(D) For purposes of this section, the commission will construe any court ordered community supervision, probation, or conviction for a criminal offense to be its closest equivalent under the Texas Penal Code classification of offenses if the offense arose from:
(i) another penal provision of Texas law; or
(ii) a penal provision of any other state, federal, military or foreign jurisdiction.
(E) A classification of an offense as a felony at the time of conviction will never be changed because Texas law has changed or because the offense would not be a felony under current Texas law.
(3) has never been convicted of any family violence offense;
(4) has not had a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge;
(5) is not prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle;
(6) is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition; and
(7) is a U.S. citizen.

In order for an individual to enroll in any basic peace officer training program which provides instruction in defensive tactics, arrest procedures, firearms, or use of a motor vehicle for law enforcement purposes, the academy must have on file:

  1. a high school diploma; or
  2. a high school equivalency certificate; or
  3. an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States after at least 24 months of active duty service;

The enrollment standards established in this section do not preclude the academy licensee from establishing additional requirements or standards for enrollment in law enforcement training programs.

The effective date of this section is June 1, 2012.

For the purposes of this section, Eastfield College Criminal Justice Training Center will construe, in accordance with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education, any court-ordered community supervision, probation or conviction for a criminal offense to be its closest equivalent under the Texas Penal Code classification of offenses if the offense arose from another penal provision of Texas law, or a penal provision of any other state, federal, military or foreign jurisdiction. A classification of an offense as a felony at the time of conviction will never be changed because Texas law has changed or because the offense would not be a felony under current Texas law.

Eastfield College Criminal Justice Training Center programs are designed in compliance with (TCOLE) Commission standards to permit the student the best opportunity for enrollment, certification and licensing.

  • Must be 21 years of age before enrollment.
  • Must have a current and valid driver license.
  • All potential Criminal Justice students must take reading and writing proficiency examinations, except those with ENGL 1301, 1302 or equivalent.

Enrollment Packet

Potential students will need to obtain and complete a Criminal Justice enrollment packet as the first step of enrollment. Packets may be obtained at W-101. Students desiring packets to be mailed should call 972-931-1084 or 972-860-7621.

For more information call 972-391-1084, or Email randystewart@dcccd.edu