Eight Blinn College District students graduate from the Basic Peace Officer Academy

Graduates recognized during a ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Graduates recognized during a ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

June 10, 2019

Eight Blinn College District students received their Basic Peace Officer Academy certification during a ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Friday, June 7. Through a partnership between Blinn and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), students in the TEEX Central Texas Police Academy (CTPA) can co-enroll at Blinn to earn college credit.

Jesse Arjon, Brandon Bridgewater, Grant Brockton, Rhett Filburn, Logan Johnson, Lonnie Pace, Daniel Reyes, and Javier Salgado received 20 college credit hours and the Basic Peace Officer Academy Certificate from the Blinn College District. These college credit hours can apply toward Blinn’s Law Enforcement Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree.

“These graduates reflect the hard work and dedication needed to become a peace officer,” said Robert Stanberry, Blinn Criminal Justice Program Coordinator. “The training and skills they acquire through Blinn’s partnership with the TEEX Central Texas Police Academy prepares them to serve and protect communities throughout the region.”

Participants receive classroom training designed to prepare each student for the state licensing examination and engage in hands-on training to better acquaint themselves with the rigors of police work. CTPA cadets receive instruction in more than 30 topics, including the Texas Penal Code, arrest, search and seizure, and crisis intervention training. In total, they receive 728 hours of instruction over an 18-week period.

Receiving college credit through Blinn allows students to expand their potential job opportunities and eligibility for financial aid. Many sponsoring agencies will offset the fee to attend the police academy in its entirety, but financial aid can help reduce costs if participation is not fully covered.

For more information regarding the Basic Peace Officer Academy Certificate, financial aid opportunities, or to learn more about the Blinn’s Criminal Justice Program, visit www.blinn.edu/criminal-justice or contact Robert Stanberry at 979-209-7399.

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