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2015 Basic Peace Officer Academy
by Sandra Galvan - Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 2:32 PM
Our next Peace Officer Academy is scheduled to begin November 2, 2015. Please keep an eye on this website for updates.
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2013 Basic Peace Officer Certification Course
by Matthew Wasko - Saturday, May 18, 2013, 11:31 PM

We will begin testing for BPOC Class 2013-17 in May 2013.  Dates are now posted on the web site.  If you are interested in testing, send an email to expressing your intent to test.  Be sure to specify the test date you are requesting in the email.  You will be sent confirmation of your test date with the application attached.  Be sure to bring the completed application with you on your test date.


Welcome to the Hays County Sheriff’s Training Academy.  The Hays County Sheriff’s Office encourages all qualified men and women to apply for the upcoming Basic Peace Officer Academy.


If you have any questions, please call (512) 393-7809 Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00 pm or come by the Academy Office at 1307 Uhland Road, San Marcos, TX  78666.


What do I have to do to get started?

The enrollment process starts with the completion of the attached application and an entrance exam. In order to take the entrance exam, you must bring the following required documentation the day of the exam:


  • Payment in the amount of $25. (Only payment in the form of a money order, cashier’s check or cash IN THE EXACT AMOUNT will be accepted).
  • Proof of Citizenship (i.e. Birth Certificate or Naturalization Certificate).
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Copy of high school diploma or high school transcript reflecting date of completion.
  • Copy of GED.
  • Proof of current auto liability insurance.
  • Member 4 Form/DD214 (if prior military).


Upon successful completion of the entrance exam, you will be given a registration packet that will include the following documents:

  • Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire to be completed by applicant;
  • Medical Questionnaire/Clearance to be completed by applicant and reviewed and signed by a licensed physician;
  • L-2 form to be completed and signed by a licensed physician after a complete physical exam and drug screen results;
  • L-3 form to be completed and signed by licensed psychologist or psychiatrist after a complete evaluation;
  • Financial Agreement form to be completed and signed by applicant;



The basic tuition for this course is $1,800. Tuition covers books and use of Academy training equipment. Additional expenses not covered by tuition are uniforms, ammunition, and other incidentals.  Payment is due the no later than first day of class. 

The Academy is approved for V.A. Benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs program.  The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill will apply to this course effective October 1, 2011.



All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements and suitability factors in order to apply for the entry level position of police cadet.

Minimum Age:              Must be at least 21 years of age at time of the TCLEOSE examination.

Military Service:            Must have an Honorable Discharge.

(Uncharacterized and Entry-Level discharges may be accepted and will be assessed on an individual basis.


Citizenship:                   Must be a United States Citizen at the time of application.

All applications are screened to determine if the applicant meets the minimum requirements and qualifies for further considerations.



Applicants cannot have any of the following:

  • Is prohibited by state of federal law from operating a motor vehicle.
  • Is currently under indictment for any criminal offense.
  • Has a conviction of a misdemeanor offense above the grade of Class "C" within the last ten years.
  • Has a conviction of any offense above the grade of a Class B Misdemeanor or any crime involving moral turpitude.
  • Has ever been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor.
  • Has been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order.
  • Is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.
  • Has been convicted of a crime involving family violence.
  • Was discharged from any military service under less than Honorable conditions. Including specifically: Less than Honorable, bad conduct, dishonorable, or any other characterization of service indicating bad character.


Testing Dates

  • May 11, 2013 @ 1000
  • May 18, 2013 @ 1000
  • June 8, 2013 @ 1000
  • June 15, 2013 @ 1000
  • July 13, 2013 @ 1000
  • August 3, 2013 @ 1000
  • August 24, 2013 @ 1000
  • September, 14, 2013 @ 1000
  • September 21, 2013 @ 1000

Testing Process

Academy PT Test

The Academy requires applicants to pass an entrance physical fitness assessment as part of the application process.  Once admitted, students are required to pass a mid-term and final physical fitness assessment.  The components of the entrance assessment are as follows:

  • One minute push-ups (max) – 25

Push-ups must be performed in the following manner: hands placed approximately shoulder-width apart, with fingers pointing forward, legs together, toes touching the floor. A partner will place one fist on the floor between your arms below your chest.

Starting from the up position (elbows fully extended), you must keep your back straight at all times (do not allow your back to arch in any direction) and lower your body to the floor until your chest touches your partner’s fist.  When you return to the up position this is one repetition. The only parts of the body touching the floor should be palms and toes.  Resting is done only in the up position.

  • 300 meter sprint – 66 seconds


  • One minute sit-ups (max) – 30

Sit ups must be performed in the following manner: your back will be flat on the floor, knees bent, heels flat on the floor, with your fingers interlaced and held behind the head. A partner will hold your feet down firmly.  When in the up position, your elbows must touch any part of your upper leg or knee area. This is one repetition.  You will then return to the starting position, until the shoulder blades touch the floor. Hips must remain on the floor.  Any resting must be done in the up position.

  •  1.5 mile run – 15:14

 The run will be performed as a group on the Academy running track. Six (6) laps around the track will equal one and a half miles.

 NOTE: Applicants should bring proper PT attire and water for this evolution; however adequate hydration should begin the night before to avoid cramping.


Timed written test

Applicants must receive a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher on the written examination in order to continue with the selection process.


Typing test (20 wpm)


Background Check

You are expected to play an active role during the entire selection process, this includes assisting your Background Investigator in getting any additional information that they need. You will be responsible for assisting your Background Investigator to have your references respond back in a timely manner. Failure to have references respond back may result in Disqualification.


Medical/Drug Screening

Applicants who successfully complete all previous stages will be required to take a general fitness assessment and a medical examination.


Psychological Screening


Notification Process

Candidates selected to attend the BPOC will be notified by mail no later than the 18th of October, 2013.

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2013 3rd Quarter Training Calendar
by Matthew Wasko - Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 11:24 AM
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2009-2013 Training Cycle
by Matthew Wasko - Sunday, March 3, 2013, 8:59 AM

We are quickly approaching the end of this training cycle.  TCLEOSE requires the following courses be completed prior to the end of the cycle for those holding the following;



  • Cultural Diversity (must complete prior to August 31, 2013)


Peace Officer (Basic License – must complete prior to August 31, 2013)

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Special Investigative Topics
  • Crisis Intervention Training (to be scheduled)


Peace Officer (Intermediate and above must complete prior to August 31, 2013)

  • State and Federal Law Updates


All required courses, except for State and Federal Law Updates and Crisis Intervention can be taken here:

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3182 - State and Federal Law Updates
by Matthew Wasko - Friday, March 1, 2013, 5:12 AM

This course is open.  

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2013 In-Service Firearms Training
by Matthew Wasko - Monday, December 17, 2012, 7:51 AM

Beginning January 2013, the HCSA will begin monthly in-service firearms training.  Each month there will be a 1-hour block of instruction focusing on sharpening fundamental firearms skills.  The goal of the HCSA is to improve overall proficiency and confidence.  


This training is NOT mandatory. 


Classes will start promptly at 1300 hours and 1500 hours on the scheduled days.  TCLEOSE credit will be given and ammo will be provided to peace officers attending.  All other employees are welcome to attend however you will need to supply your own ammunition.



January - Pistol

February - Rifle

March - Pistol

April - Rifle

May - Shotgun

June - Pistol

July - Rifle

August - Pistol

September - Rifle

October - Shotgun

November - Pistol

December - Rifle


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The mission of the Hays County Sheriff’s Academy is to provide the highest quality law enforcement instruction to its cadets and to insure at all times that the standards and requirements of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office are met or exceeded.