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The Basic Peace Officer Academy is operated under the mandates of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and upon completion students are eligible to sit for the state Basic Peace Officer exam. Students who receive a passing score on the exam are eligible for employment as a peace officer in city and county agencies in the state of Texas.

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Peace Officers in the State of Texas are required to complete 80 hours of In-Service Training every 4 years. Criminal Justice holds classes in Amarillo and throughout the Panhandle to serve the needs of all area law enforcement agencies and officers. If you or your agency has a particular training need, please contact our office for help in developing a class.

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Criminal Justice Programs holds a variety of conferences and trainings each year targeted primarily to criminal justice professionals and secondarily to other related professionals, such as substance abuse counselors, licensed social workers and counselors, CPS caseworkers, CASA volunteers, nurses, teachers and school administrators, among others. We are approved to provide the following certification credits:
  • TCLEOSE (law enforcement)
  • CJAD (adult probation)
  • TJPC (juvenile probation)
  • TCBAP (substance abuse)
  • MCLE (state bar/attorneys), as well as general CEUs.

Through college affiliates, we also offer nursing, LPC/LMFT/LSW, and CPE (continuing professional education) credits. Two annual conferences we provide are the Child Abuse Prevention Conference in March/April and the Women in Criminal Justice Conference in October.

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Intervention Programs, a part of the Criminal Justice Programs and sometimes referred to as Offender Education Programs, primarily serves individuals who have legal issues and have been ordered to complete a course as a requirement by a court or legal official. However, all courses are open to the general public and can be beneficial to those seeking assistance in a particular area addressed by these programs.

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Criminal Justice continues to offer the Criminal Justice Degree as an Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Degree.
The department of Criminal Justice now offers a Forensic Science Degree. This degree was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in September 2006 and requires 63 academic hours in criminal justice, biology and psychology which provides the student with an interdisciplinary education and more complete exposure to the science of forensics. For more information on careers in forensic science visit www.forensicsciencesfoundation.org and www.aafs.org.

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