WCJC operates a licensed police academy certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Students who successfully complete the required training are eligible to take the state licensing examination to become a licensed peace officer in the State of Texas.
The police academy offers both day and evening classes. Day classes are held at the Wharton campus, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and complete in one semester (17 weeks). Evening classes are held at the Richmond campus, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and complete in two semesters (34 weeks). Students must take all courses as a semester block. A class average of 80% and a minimum grade of 80 on the exams are required to successfully complete the Basic Peace Officer Certificate Course.
Testing is NOT required for entrance into the program.