Sheriff and Police Departments

Law Enforcement Academy


Download: PRLEA Applicant Letter & Instructions

The Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy at Amarillo College has been training people for careers in law enforcement since 1968. The Basic Peace Officer Academy is for those who desire a career in law enforcement.  Starting salaries at Panhandle-area law enforcement agencies vary, but base pay generally starts between $30,000 & $40,000 annually.

Two academies are conducted each year.

Daytime Academy starts in October and ends in March.
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Evening Academy starts in January and ends in August.
Monday – Friday
5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturdays 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

Classes are held on the Amarillo College West Campus in Building C.

Please read the following before you apply for the Academy:

PRLEA Steps for Application

Disqualifiers for prospective applicants

If you would like to apply for the Academy, you must first meet the TCOLE Requirements. Secondly, you must meet the initial entrance testing or academic requirements or exemptions for the PRLEA.

Entrance Testing and Requirements for the PRLEA

If you meet requirements, please call for an interview 806-354-6081.

*Bacterial Meningitis DSHS Rapid Form; Please complete and turn in to the Academy.

*There are several types of documents that we can accept for the Bacterial Meningitis requirement. They include shot records, waiver forms from doctors, and the DSHS Rapid Form, which is the Exemption from Meningococcal Vaccination Requirements for Reasons of Conscience.

Financial Aid available for the Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy.




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