Basic Course In Applied Police Science (BCAPS)

General Information

The North Central Texas Regional Police Academy (RPA) provides basic law enforcement training for persons hired by law enforcement agencies will will be beginning a career as a law enforcement officer in the State of Texas. This program covers legal topics, police procedures, investigative techniques, and technical skills.

Graduates of the program receive a certificate of completion and certification to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) of eligibility to take the peace officer licensing examination.

Our classroom facility is located in Lakeview Center, 624 Six Flags Drive, Suite 125, Arlington, Texas.  Classes are held Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m., except the DWI, Driving, Firearms and Practical portions of the course, which are held in the evenings. The Basic Course in Applied Police Science (Basic Peace Officer Course) consists of 720 hours of instruction. The Academy schedules five basic peace officer programs each year.

Entrance Requirements

Important: Prospective students are not allowed to register themselves for the academy. Their hiring agency must enroll them in the class by calling 817-608-2302.

The RPA is the oldest regional law enforcement academy in the nation, founded in 1968, and celebrating over forty years of quality law enforcement education and training. The RPA is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

The RPA is founded on principles of adult education and we believe that if students are going to be successful as law enforcement officers, they must demonstrate a capacity to provide mutual respect to all persons with whom they interact. For that reason, the RPA requires a level of conduct which demonstrates that capacity and the RPA encourages teamwork and an openness to learning. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education has established the following minimum standards for entry into a basic law enforcement training program:

Academy Applicants Must:

  1. Be at least twenty-one years of age upon course completion.
  2. Be fingerprinted and subject to a criminal records search.
  3. Meet the minimum educational requirements by possessing a high school diploma, a high school equivalency certificate, or have 12 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university.
  4. Have not ever been or is not currently on court-ordered supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor, or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years.
  5. Not currently be under indictment for any criminal offense.
  6. Not ever have been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor, or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years.
  7. Have never been convicted of any family violence offense and not prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle or possessing firearms or ammunition.
  8. Be a U.S. citizen.
  9. Hold a valid driver's license.
  10. Be examined by a licensed physician and declared in writing to be in good health , have a drug screen conducted, and be physically able to participate in all Academy physical activities.
  11. Be examined by a licensed psychologist and declared in writing to be in satisfactory psychological and emotional health.
  12. Not have been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions.
  13. Meet all criteria covered in Section §217.1 of the Texas Administrative Code.

Tuition and Fees

Through a cooperative grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office, we are able to keep tuition for law enforcement courses at a minimum. Tuition for attendance in the basic course is currently $1,300, which includes notebooks and legal textbooks. The course is certified through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Students with prior military experience with accumulated veterans benefits may apply for and receive educational benefits through the VA. Application forms will be provided to student upon enrollment and attendance.

State Licensing

Successful completion of this course of instruction does not automatically result in state licensing as a peace officer. In addition to completing the Academy, you must pass the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Peace Officer Licensing Examination, which is administered at the end of the Academy.

On the first day of class, students will be required to sign a form asserting that they have been informed of the minimum requirements for licensing as a peace officer in Texas, and that to their knowledge, they meet those minimum standards.  

Equipment and Clothing Needed While Attending the Academy

  1. Regional Police Academy uniform: khaki pants, khaki shirts (long or short sleeves depending on season), black belt, black duty boots.
  2. Physical fitness clothing:  black t-shirt, light gray t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, running shoes, black sweat suit or black jogging suit (depending on season).  Mandatory during summer: black baseball cap, sunglasses, water bottle, and a white towel.
  3. Leather gear, carrying bag, flashlights, handcuffs, batons.
  4. Handgun for firearms training.
  5. Defensive Tactics gear: black BDUs, black t-shirts, black duty boots, and leather gear.

Contact Information
624 Six Flags Drive, Suite 125, Arlington, Texas 76011
(817) 608-2300 | (817) 640-9089 fax


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