Police Academy

Please use the form below to get more information about the programs at Navarro College. A member of our Recruiting staff will be in touch with you shortly. We hope to assist you in any way that we can.

Navarro College’s fully licensed Police Academy offers basic peace officer certification and in-service training for licensed law enforcement officers.The Basic Peace Officer Course is a 680-hour program designed to prepare the student to pass the Peace Officer licensing exam given by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.


The program includes training in the following areas: current penal & traffic law, defensive tactics, first aid, patrol tactics, cultural diversity, and firearms.

*NOTE: Student must be within six months of 21st birthday to enter Police Academy.



FULL-TIME CLASSES: M-F | 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

PART-TIME CLASSES: M-Th | 6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.



FULL-TIME CLASSES: M-F | 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

PART-TIME CLASSES: M-Th | 6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.



PART-TIME CLASSES: Enrollment pending


Corsicana  |  Waxahachie  |  Fairfield

Notice to Students Regarding Licensing

Effective September 1st 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify you a potential or enrolled student that a criminal history may make you ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion.


The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements. http://www.navarrocollege.edu/conted/police-academy/admission/ or go to


You may obtain more information about our program and application process to the Police Academy by visiting our “Admissions Process” page at http://www.navarrocollege.edu/conted/police-academy/application-process/.


Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential Texas Peace Officer License prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation.” https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/dpswebsite/criminalhistory/


This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense.


Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.

Program Approval and Accreditation

All in-service courses are accredited by TCOLE and are offered year-round through the police academy.


Students must meet all eligibilty requirements of TCOLE and the Navarro College Police Academy Advisory Board to enroll.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be 21 years of age, or 21 years of age by the graduation date of the Academy
    • A student 18 years of age or older is eligible for licensing if the student:
      • has received an Associate’s Degree; or 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university; or
      • has received an Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States after at least two (2) years of service.
  • No Class B Misdemeanor convictions in the past 10 years.*
  • No Class A Misdeameanor or felony convictions.*
  • No conviction for any family violence offense.*
  • Applicants must pass a physical examination, a psychological examination and a drug screen immediately submitted to the Academy upon completion.
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Must not be prohibited by law from operating a motor vehicle.
  • Must not be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
  • You cannot have a bad conduct discharge from the military.


This information will be verified by Academy staff.  Academy staff reserves the right to request additional documentation to verify any requirements of Navarro College, the Police Academy, or TCOLE.


*This includes Deferred Adjudication.

Application Process & Forms

Prospective Student


Thank you for your interest in the Navarro College Police Academy. Navarro College Police Academy provides comprehensive, professional training that prepares you for entry into the law enforcement field. Our training encompasses all the mandated topics required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for the Basic Peace Officer Course as well as certification in OC Spray, Taser, and Baton.


Navarro College currently operates police academies in multiple locations which includes the Corsicana, Waxahachie, and Fairfield campuses. We provide full-time academy schedules that generally run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additionally, we seek to accommodate the working person by providing part-time (evening) academics from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday nights. The day academies are approximately 17 weeks in length and the night academies are approximately 36 weeks in length.


Some instructional modules may require the cadet to travel to another campus or location for part or all of the specialized instructional modules. Additionally, there are written assignments outside of the classroom that will need to be completed.


Navarro College provides financial aid for many students. The aid encompasses everything from grants to student loans with great terms. Financial aid is just one method of paying your tuition. You may also pay with cash, personal check, cashier’s check, money order or credit card. If you currently hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, you would not be eligible for financial aid.


For more information about the program’s tuition and fees, supplies, and other expenses, download a copy of the Prospective Student letter from the Police Academy Coordinator, Alan Eddins.

Student Checklist


In order to make the student enrollment into Navarro College Police Academy easier, use this checklist to make sure you have all the items you need for a complete application.


Information Packet


Download and print the Basic Peace Officer Student Registration Information packet. This information will help you understand the detailed registration process at the Navarro College Police Academy.




  1. Apply to Navarro College
    Complete the Navarro College Application for AdmissionSubmit all supporting Navarro College Application for Admission documents including Evidence of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  2. Take the TSI Test
    Schedule, pre-pay ($35 on the day of the test to the Cashier’s Office) and take the TSI test at any Navarro College campus Testing Center.Must bring test scores to the Academy personnel immediately following the test.
  3. FAST Application/Criminal History Records Check
    Download and print the TCOLE FAST form. (Follow the instructions). Schedule your appointment online or by calling 1-888-467-2080.Print your appointment form and take valid forms of ID to your appointment.Payment fee due at the time of appointment via approved FAST site.



  1. Apply to Navarro College Police Academy Program
    Follow the instructions & complete the Police Academy Application for Admission (PDF).
  2. Schedule Physical Exam/Drug Screen
    See the approved list of facilities for scheduling physical exams and drug screening on the Academy Details section below. Download & bring two TCOLE forms: Licensee Medical Condition Declaration (L-2) and Licensee Psychological and Emotional Health Declaration (L-3) to the physician or examining official.Submit all completed L-2 and L-3 documentations to the Academy personnel.
  3. Next Steps
    > After Registration Steps 1 & 2 are completed & verified:
    > Pay your tuition, fees, books, clothing, and other designated materials. Payment for class may be accepted at the Navarro College Cashier’s Office on the Corsicana and Waxahachie campuses. Students can use FAFSA, the G.I. Bill, or other tuition assistance. Find out more about tuition assistance and information about purchasing required classroom materials for the Navarro College Police Academy are listed in the Academy Details section below.

Academy Details


Texas Criminal Law & Traffic Law Manual – current edition.


Books are available at the Navarro College Bookstore and MUST be purchased prior the start of the first day of class.



  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Highlighters, etc.
  • Index cards for use as flashcards (Approximately 500)



  • Black Academy shirt (NC Bookstore)
  • Black pants (5.11 brand, Dockers or Dickies)
  • Plain black uniform trouser belt
  • Plain black, polishable uniform boots (no pointed toes, tennis shoes, or slip-on low quarter shoes).
  • Black Police Academy hooded sweatshirt (No other jackets allowed).


All Basic Peace Officer students are required to be in uniform on the first day of class.  Contact the Academy Coordinator if you are unable to obtain your uniform prior to your first day of class, or if you have question about the type of clothing/foot gear required.

 Workout Apparel

  • Black shorts or sweat pants (no logos or emblems)
  • White Academy T-shirt (NC Bookstore)
  • Workout shoes


All Basic Peace Officer students will be required to participate in skills training and physical conditioning training.


  • Black Leather Police Style Duty Belt
  • Black Leather magazines pouch for Glock 22
  • Holster for Glock 22 (may be other than leather)
  • Four (4) black Leather belt keepers
  • Hearing Protection for gun range
  • One (1) pair of clear safety glasses
  • One (1) pair of handcuffs with key
  • One (1) black leather handcuff case


Nylon items are NOT acceptable.  Equipment may be purchased at any law enforcement supply company.

Handguns are provided by the Police Academy for use at the firing range.  Under no circumstances are students allowed to be in possession of personal firearms while on campus or at Police Academy facilities.  Possession of personal firearms on campus or any Police Academy premises is grounds for dismissal from the Police Academy and Navarro College, and referral to the Navarro College Department of Public Safety.  This also applies to a person who holds a concealed handgun license.

(Effective Spring 2014).

Outside of Class Commitments

Driving Course


There will be a required weekend commitment from student to participate.  Students will leave campus on Friday evening and return home on Sunday.  Expenses for the weekend will be the student’s responsibility.

Firearms Training 


Students will be required to qualify during the day and at night.  Students should plan to be at the range at minimum one evening during Firearms Training.  Certain Academy courses may require firearms training on weekends.



Students may be required to complete homework or other assignments outside of normal classroom hours.  Internet access is required.  If a student does not have internet access at home, staff will refer the student to a public computer lab that is accessible outside of normal business hours.

Psychological and Physical Exam Information

Physical Exam / Drug Screening


Physical exam / drug screening should be done at one of the two locations listed:


Enviva Health Services
1014 Ferris Ave, Ste. #220
Waxahachie, Texas 75165


Enviva Health Services
292 W. 6th Ave
Corsicana, Texas 75110


No appointments are necessary, and you may walk-in at any time during normal business hours.  Ensure that you take your L2 form and obtain the proper signatures/marks, as well as a copy of your 10 panel drug screen. Return the original documents to the Academy.

Psychological Exam


Psychological testing may be conducted by one of the following providers:


Dr. Phillip Taft 
2000 W. 2nd Ave Suite B
Corsicana, Texas 75110


Price, Proctor & Associates
11882 Greenville Ave Suite 107
Dallas, Texas 75243

Academy Schedules & In-Service Training Schedule


Police Academy Mandated and In-Service Training Classes

  • Intermediate Crime Scene Search
  • Basic Instructor Course
  • Immediate Arrest Search & Seizure
  • Intermediate Child Abuse
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • New Supervisor’s Course
  • Basic Human Trafficking Course
  • Intermediate Use of Force
  • Field Training Officer
  • TCLOE Firearms Instructor
  • Basic Peace Officer Course Training Schedule

Basic Peace Officer Training Course Information for Day Academy

  • One semester – offered during Fall and Spring semesters on Corsicana and Waxahachie campuses.
  • Course runs approximately 17 weeks.  Classes are held Monday through Friday.
  • Class hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m..

Basic Peace Officer Training Course Information for Night Academy

  • Two semesters – Fall and Spring semesters either for Waxahachie or Corsicana campuses.
  • Classes are held Monday through Thursday.
  • Class hours are from 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. with some weekend classes (Saturday/Sunday) required.



Click on the calendar icon above to go to the In-Service Training Calendar for the most up-to-date courses offered at the Police Academy.


Send an email to policeacademy@navarrocollege.edu for additional information on in-service training for law enforcement personnel.

Tuition & Financial Aid



Tuition for Basic Peace Officer Course $2,399.00

Tuition must be paid in full prior to the first day of class.  Payment must be given to the Cashier’s/Business Office on any NC campus.  No funds will be accepted at the Police Academy.  Tuition includes, ammunition, insurance, and other fees.


Financial Aid
Financial Aid is available to Basic Peace Officer students who qualify.  It takes several weeks to process the application for Financial Aid.  Please apply well in advance of the course start date.  For more information about Financial Aid, contact kristal.nicholson@navarrocollege.edu, (903) 875-7362 or apply online.


Veterans/Texas Veterans may qualify for financial aid through the Veterans Certifying Official at Navarro College.  It takes several weeks to process Veterans benefits.  Please apply well in advance of the course start date.  For Qualification information on the Hazelwood Act, please go to: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/admissions/veterans/state-benefits/ or contact Eileen.Sahlstedt@navarrocollege.edu, Veterans Certifying Official at (903) 875-7347.


Agency Sponsored Students
Any student attending the Navarro College Police Academy under the sponsorship of an agency must complete and return an Agency Sponsorship Letter.  Please follow the directions completely.  Prior to returning the Agency Sponsorship letter to Navarro College Police Academy offices please obtain a copy of your L2 Medical Declaration and L3 Psychological Declaration from your agency.  You will be required to submit the TCOLE FAST form prior to admission to the academy.  Sponsorship is NOT a requirement of attendance.



Refunds for Continuing Education courses will not be offered after the first day of class.

Gainful Employment

Course Descriptions

Basic preparation for a new peace officer. Should be taken in conjunction with Basic Peace Officer II, III, IV, and V (supplement) to satisfy the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) approved Basic Peace Officer Training Academy.




Basic Peace Officer I (CJLE 1006)

Basic Peace Officer II (CJLE 1012)

Basic Peace Officer III (CJLE 1018)

Basic Peace Officer IV (CJLE 1024)


All in-service courses are accredited by TCOLE and are offered year-round through the police academy.


Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the TCOLE licensing exam.


More information on how to request academic non-credit to credit awards (.pdf)

Basic Peace Officer Certificate 13 credit hours


April 16 - May 11Mini-Mester Registration | Payment due by May 11 at 5 p.m.
April 16 - June 1Summer Registration | Payment due by June 1 at 5 p.m.
May 14 (3-Week term)Classes start
June 4 (12-Week & 1st 6-Week terms)Classes start
July 11 (2nd 6-Week term)Classes start
Complete your degree and begin your career or transfer to a 4-year college to continue your studies.


Have transfer credits from another college or university? Send your official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions & Records at 3200 W. 7th Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110

Navarro College is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees; approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and is a member of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Program Coordinator, Corsicana Campus | 903.875.7702


Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.