Criminal Justice Institute

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The Texas Southmost College Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) to provide Basic Peace Officer and In-Service Peace Officer training. TSC prepares individuals for law enforcement careers by preparing them to take the Texas Peace Officer Certification Examination upon successful completion of the course of study.

Our institute is extremely discipline-oriented, stressing not only the academic knowledge required to pass the TCOLE licensing exam, but also the attitudes, demeanor, ethics and values required to excel as a professional peace officer. The physical training aspect of the curriculum is designed to help you pass area departments’ physical requirements, as well as prepare you for the tactical environment that you will face on the job.

All course material is in accordance with TCOLE. TCOLE requires 643 hours of Basic Peace Officer instruction on specific topics. Our CJI requires 772 hours.
Upon completion of the CJI, successful students will be presented with a certificate of eligibility to take the TCOLE peace officer licensing examination.

Any of the following items will prevent you from entering the Institute as stated in TCOLE Rule 217.1:

  • Any prior convictions for felony offense (no statute of limitation).
  • Any prior conviction for Class A Misdemeanor (no statute of limitation).
  • Any prior conviction of a Class B Misdemeanor (within 10 years).
  • Has never been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B Misdemeanor or a Class B Misdemeanor within the last 10 years from the date of court order.
  • Any prior conviction of any offense of family violence (no statute of limitation).
  • Any open warrants, Class C Misdemeanor or above.
  • A Texas drivers license that is currently under suspension, revocation or cancellation.
  • A person who is not a U.S. citizen.

Basic Peace Officer Courses
Basic Peace Officer I
Basic Peace Officer II
Basic Peace Officer III
Tactical Skills for Police
Basic Firearms

Course Information
Tuition: $4,850

    • Fall 2019 Class starts: Monday, July 8, 2019
    • Spring 2020 Class starts: Monday, January 6, 2020
    • Class Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Instructor: Ms. Willemina Edwards
    • Location: ITEC Center

In-Service Peace Officer Training
Breath Test Operator Course

Financial Assistance

  • Scholarships are available.
  • Workforce Solutions funding is available for eligible applicants.

To register, contact the Office of Workforce Training and Continuing Education:
Phone: (956) 295-3724
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2019 14:43