Police cadet training

Basic Peace Officer


The Peace Officer Academy is designed to provide graduates the necessary basic training to obtain a position as a police officer, constable, deputy sheriff or any other licensed peace officer position within the state of Texas.

All courses must be taken together and successfully passed for the graduate to test for state licensure.



Program Details

PROGRAM LENGTH 22 total semester credit hours or approx. 1 semester
Main Campus
Level One Certificate

Who Should Attend

  • You feel a calling to help those in your community 
  • You want a career that is evolving, dynamic and exciting
  • You want a career with opportunity to advance and specialize
  • You have a strong sense of duty, honor and compassion


  • Students must apply to COM and complete the College requirements for entry.
  • Applicants must pass a criminal history background check and meet state requirements for entry.
  • Applicants need a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate. Consider contacting the Adult Basic Education office if you do not meet the diploma requirement at 409-933-8294.
  • Information regarding specific state requirements can be obtained by calling 409-933-8299 or 409-933-8285 at the Law Enforcement Training Center.
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Career Insights

Occupational summary for Police Officer

Annual Job Openings
Projected Growth
$67,290 yr
Median Salary / $32.35 hr

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Financial Resources

Our substantial financial support makes our programs more affordable than you think.

Explore our financial resources to learn how we can make your journey toward higher education more manageable.

We look forward to assisting you in meeting your educational goals!

Your Journey Begins Here

Big change starts at College of the Mainland

Day credit academies begin each January and July. Night noncredit academies begin each February.

  1. Apply to COM at www.com.edu/apply and submit the necessary documents (transcripts, meningitis vaccination if under 22 and proof of Texas residency). Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.
  2. Complete the application packet (which can be picked up at the Public Service Careers Building). Email the packet and all necessary documentation to mlbrown@com.edu or deliver it to the Public Service Careers Building. Students must pass a criminal background check and a state requirement, as well as a physical and psychological exam to be admitted.

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College of the Mainland

1200 N. Amburn Road

Texas City, Texas 77591


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