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Law enforcement officers are vital parts of their communities, standing between the law-abiding public and the criminals who would do them harm. With a basic peace officer certificate from the Collin College Law Enforcement Academy (CCLEA), you can be part of that proud tradition.

For more than 25 years, the academy has trained graduates to serve and protect. With a curriculum developed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and state-of-the-art facilities designed to simulate real-world situations, cadets are prepared for the state’s Peace Officer Licensing Exam.

The Collin College Law Enforcement Academy is considered one of the top programs in the state. Law enforcement personnel from the rank of patrol officer to chief of police from around the state have been trained there. The Certificate - Basic Peace Officer program is designed to allow you to become a certified peace officer in the State of Texas and, simultaneously, provide a pathway to a college degree.

The academy also offers continuing education classes for law enforcement officers already on the job. Click the department website link below to learn more.

Licensure Notice: Students who have been involved with the criminal system, please be advised that your background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.

The mission of the Basic Peace Officer courses (BPOC) is to provide the student with the foundational skills necessary to successfully police a free society in a professional, ethical, and effective manner.

All students must complete the admission process required by Collin College. Prospective students applying to the Basic Peace Officer Program are classified as: Sponsored and Non-Sponsored. Sponsored applicants are employed by a law enforcement agency, meet all the requirements of TCOLE Rule 217, and are being sent through the course by that law enforcement agency. Non-sponsored applicants include all other individuals applying to the Basic Peace Officer Program.

Additional information may be obtained from the Collin College Law Enforcement Academy website at or by calling 972.548.6862.

1. All prospective students must meet the “Minimum Enrollment Requirements” for training as a Texas Peace Officer as established by TCOLE Rule 217.1 Minimum Standards for Enrollment and Initial Licensure. (See website at: for these requirements.)

2. All sponsored students must provide a notarized letter signed by the head of the sponsoring law enforcement agency stating the student meets the minimum enrollment requirements as established by TCOLE.

3. All non-sponsored applicants must successfully complete all phases of the Basic Peace Officer Program entrance assessment process, meet the minimum enrollment requirements established by TCOLE and be recommended by the oral board.

4. State law requires all new students under the age of 22 entering a higher education institution to show proof of having the bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster 10 days prior to the start of term in which they are attending.

The Basic Peace Officer Program is offered in both a part-time and full-time format. The full-time day program requires 19 weeks for completion. The classes are conducted at the Public Safety Training Center.

Program Option

Certificate Level 1 – Basic Peace Officer

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