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Criminal Justice Training Center

(a) In order for an individual to enroll in any basic licensing course the provider must have on file documentation that the individual meets the following standards:
      (1) minimum educational requirements:
            (A) a high school diploma;
            (B) a high school equivalency certificate; or
            (C) for the basic peace officer training course, an honorable discharge from the armed
                  forces of the United States after at least 24 months of active duty service;
      (2) 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 in any court of an offense involving family violence as defined
           under Chapter 71, Texas Family Code;
      (4) has never received a dishonorable or other discharge based on misconduct which bars
           future military service;
      (5) for peace officers and jailers, is not prohibited by state or federal law from operating a
           motor vehicle;
      (6) for peace officers and jailers, is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing
           firearms or ammunition; and
      (7) is a U.S. citizen.

(b) In evaluating whether mitigating circumstances exist, the commission will consider the
     following factors:
      (1) the applicant's history of compliance with the terms of community supervision;
      (2) the applicant's continuing rehabilitative efforts not required by the terms of community
           supervision;
      (3) the applicant's employment record;
      (4) whether the disposition offense contains an element of actual or threatened bodily injury
           or coercion against another person under the Texas Penal Code or the law of the
           jurisdiction where the offense occurred;
      (5) the required mental state of the disposition offense;
      (6) whether the conduct resulting in the arrest resulted in the loss of or damage to property or
           bodily injury;
      (7) the type and amount of restitution made by the applicant;
      (8) the applicant's prior community service;
      (9) the applicant's present value to the community;
      (10) the applicant's post-arrest accomplishments;
      (11) the applicant's age at the time of arrest; and
      (12) the applicant's prior military history.

(c) Psychological and physical examination requirements:
      (1) the individual has been examined by a physician, selected by the appointing, employing
           agency, or the academy, who is licensed by the Texas Medical Board. The physician must
           be familiar with the duties appropriate to the type of license sought. The individual must
           be declared by that professional, on a form prescribed by the commission, within 180 days
           before the date of enrollment, acceptance, or entry into the licensing course to be:
           (A) physically sound and free from any defect which may adversely affect the performance
                of duty appropriate to the type of license sought; and
           (B) show no trace of drug dependency or illegal drug use after a blood test or other
                medical test; and
      (2) the individual has been examined by a psychologist, selected by the appointing, employing
           agency, or the academy, who is licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of
           Psychologists. This examination may also be conducted by a psychiatrist licensed by the
           Texas Medical Board. The psychologist or psychiatrist must be familiar with the duties
           appropriate to the type of license sought. The individual must be declared by that
           professional, on a form prescribed by the commission, to be in satisfactory psychological
           and emotional health to serve as the type of officer for which the license is sought. The
           examination must be conducted pursuant to professionally recognized standards and
           methods. The examination process must consist of a review of a job description for the
           position sought; review of any personal history statements; review of any background
           documents; at least two instruments, one which measures personality traits and one which
           measures psychopathology; and a face-to-face interview conducted after the instruments
           have been scored. The individual must be declared by that professional, on a form
           prescribed by the commission, within 180 days before the date of enrollment, acceptance,
           or entry into the licensing course.
           (A) the commission may allow for exceptional circumstances where a licensed physician
                performs the evaluation of psychological and emotional health. This requires the
                appointing agency to request in writing and receive approval from the commission,
                prior to the evaluation being completed; or
            (B) the examination may be conducted by qualified persons identified by §501.004, Texas
                 Occupations Code. This requires the appointing agency to request in writing and
                 receive approval from the commission, prior to the evaluation being completed.

(d) The enrollment standards established in this section do not preclude the provider from
     establishing additional requirements or standards for enrollment.

(e) The effective date of this section is February 1, 2014.

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

The first step is to download an Eastfield College Academy Enrollment packet. Once you have downloaded the packet, follow the instructions and complete all other informational needs requested in the packet. Then download and complete the Academy Enrollment Forms (Adobe Reader Recommended). Please return the completed forms to the W building Room 101.

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