Basic Peace Officer Course
The initial interviews and fitness assessments for the 2015 Basic Peace Officer Course have been completed. Please return to this page in November of 2015 for more information about the 2016 BPOC.
Prerequisites for this course are in accordance with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Rules Handbook § 217.1 and the Texas Occupations Code § 1701.255, 1701.306, 1701.309, 1701.312 and 1701.313.
- You must be a U.S. citizen
- You must be 21 years of age by graduation
- You must hold a high school diploma or equivalent
- You will be fingerprinted and subject to a search of local, state and national criminal records
In accordance with TCOLE § 217.1 you cannot attend the BPOC if you have:
- Any prior convictions or court-ordered community supervision, deferred adjudication or probation for a felony offense regardless of the jurisdiction (no statute of limitations)
- Any prior convictions or court-ordered community supervision, deferred adjudication or probation for a Class A Misdemeanor or an out-of-state equivalent (no statute of limitations)
- Any prior convictions or court-ordered community supervision, deferred adjudication or probation for a Class B Misdemeanor or an out-of-state equivalent (within 10 years)
- Any prior convictions for any family (domestic) violence offense as defined by Texas Family Code § 71, regardless of level (no statute of limitations)
- Any open warrants regardless of the level of the offense or jurisdiction
- Any unresolved criminal charges pending regardless of the level of the offense or jurisdiction
- A driver’s license from any state including Texas that is currently under suspension, revocation or cancellation
- A dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Military, National Guard or Reserves
Minimum physical fitness standards set by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office:
- You must run a 1.5 mile course in 15 minutes and 55 seconds (both males and females)
- You must complete 24 correct push-ups in one minute (both males and females)
- You must complete 28 correct sit-ups in one minute (both males and females)
- You must complete the Job Task Simulation (JTS) course (obstacle course) in 3 minutes and 42 seconds (both males and females)
Requirements set by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office:
- Good credit history
- You will be subject to a polygraph examination and background investigation prior to the course
- A record of excellent academic success in high school or college
- A record of excellent work attendance and few disciplinary issues
- Some experience with computers to include Windows Operating Systems
- Supportive families and employers who understand the time required to successfully complete the course
The requirements listed above are not all-inclusive. Please consult the TCOLE Rules Handbook for more detailed information.
The current tuition for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC) is $1,875 for non-employees and $650 for current MCSO employees. Tuition is not due until the first day of class. The MCSO BPOC is a part-time academy and will be held two days a week for a period of 12 months on Monday and Tuesday (odd class numbers) or Thursday and Friday (even class numbers) from 7:45 a.m. until approximately 6 p.m. Ending times will vary from day to day. Uniforms, holster, and duty belt are provided along with an issued handgun (returned at the conclusion of the course). Cadets are also provided a computer tablet with keyboard. Cadets will be required to provide black leather boots capable of being shined, a flash light, hand cuffs and a hand cuff key. Other incidental expenses will be incurred along the way. Upon completion cadets are eligible for full-time employment with the MCSO as a commissioned Texas peace officer.
Standard Course Timeline
The course is announced in November
Interviews and physical fitness assessments are conducted in April and May
Applicants are notified of acceptance or rejection in August
The course beings in September
Graduation occurs approximately 11 to 12 months later
The course is academically rigorous and will require study outside of class. The course contains approximately 10 examinations. A cadet who fails three examinations will be separated from the course.
Cadets are required to attain an 80% examination average by the final exam. Those cadets who do not attain an 80% average are not permitted to sit for the TCOLE peace officer examination.
The course is physically demanding. The course consists of four official fitness assessments (the same as standards for entry listed above). A cadet who fails two fitness assessments will be separated from the course.
The course contains several critical skill units including Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, firearms, ground fighting, and the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course. Each of these skills areas are subject to separate skills proficiency evaluations and academic testing. A cadet who fails any one of these critical skill units will be separated from the course.
If you have additional questions you may contact the BPOC lead instructor, Sgt. David Borchardt at email@example.com.