Blinn Police Academy Deadline Approaches

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A deadline is fast-approaching for those hoping for a career in law enforcement.

The deadline for application to the police academy for Fall 2007 at Blinn College is July 31, with the 17-week academy beginning on August 13.

The academy is a partnership between Blinn and the Texas Engineering Extension Service to give students both college credit and hands-on experience.

This fall is the first time students attending the academy are eligible for college credit and financial aid.

Blinn added the academy to its curriculum for the Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice. One of the four semesters in the two-year program is spent at the Central Texas Police Academy, which includes access to a firing range, driving track, and residential prop houses that provide realistic scenarios.

The academy is also a component of the one-year law enforcement certificate.

Participants in the Spring 2007 academy had a 100% pass rate on the state exam, said TEEX program manager Cullen Grissom.

The criminal justice degree and certificate are available on Blinn’s Brenham and Bryan campuses. The police academy is located at Texas A&M University’s Riverside Campus in western Brazos County.

The academy costs $4,200. The other semesters are charged on the regular Blinn tuition and fee schedule. Financial aid is available as another advantage to attending the police academy for college credit.

Recognized as the oldest statewide law enforcement extension training agency in Texas, TEEX’s Central Texas Police Academy has been preparing future officers for successful careers in law enforcement since the 1940s. Graduates have a long-standing record of a 99-percent passing rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) licensing examination and are recruited by law enforcement agencies throughout the state.