The Texas Department of Public Safety is accepting applications

The Advanced Peace Officer Academy lasts about six to seven months and offers high salaries.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Texas Department of Public Safety is now accepting applications for their Advanced Peace Officers Academy.

The chance is there for those who have previous experience in law enforcement to join the DPS. The academy lasts about six to seven months and offers high salaries and a guaranteed workplace to encourage applicants.

DPS Sgt. Judy Garcia spoke to 3NEWS and said applicants to their regular academics usually come straight from college and work toward a Texas law enforcement commission or TCOLE license.

The advanced academy is filled with candidates from all levels of law enforcement who already have their license. For them, their goal is to complete the DPS training so that they are ready for the demands of their new job.

“These academies and advanced officers come from another agency and jump straight into ours.” explains Garcia. This is the fourth time that DPS has recruited for the Advanced Peace Officer Academy.

sergeant. Garcia has been a recruiter at the DPS for eight years. She told 3NEWS that the academy helps prepare officers who already have law enforcement experience to adapt to new roles in assisting border operations and traffic enforcement.

sergeant. Garcia adds, “It’s not typical for them to do this with local agencies. They may have other things they take care of that we don’t, so they learn how we operate and what we generally do on a day-to-day basis.” The academy guarantees a service district to applicants, so they know exactly where in Texas they will be assigned.

There is also a salary increase for candidates who have four or more years of previous experience are eligible for a Trooper II salary, which is over $100,000 per year with overtime after a one-year probationary period. . Garcia said this is how DPS is encouraging new recruits to apply after the numbers drop from the covid-19 pandemic.

“I imagine everybody across the state took a pretty big hit when covid happened, 2019, 2020. So the numbers were different than what they are right now and what ‘they were in the past before that.’ Garcia explained.

sergeant. Garcia said the academy’s class sizes vary by year. Advanced academy training is the same for all recruits, regardless of their previous experience.

She adds, “I hope that’s what we’re trying to get out of it, is to get more of those bodies, more of that experience and bring it to the DPS and help us make sure that these operations go smoothly.”

If you or someone you know is interested in applying, Click here to view the list of recruiting schools and deadlines. The website provides start and end dates for each academy, qualifications and finds contact details for local recruiters.

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