Monday, June 2, 2008

Police Academy

What is the police academy like? It has been a while since I attended, but it is basically the same. I get a lot of emails asking me about the academy. I thought today I would blog about the academy and give everyone some sort of idea of what it is like. After you are selected to go into the police academy, you are assigned a date of entry. Once a date is determined, you will know what academy class number you will be in. For example, the next academy class is number 199 and starts in June. The next academy class is 200 and so on.

Yes, we had an academy class number one. No, I am not from that class. Actually I am from academy class number 107. It’s been awhile, but you never forget your class number or your classmates. Your academy class will be the same. You will become close to your classmates and you will work side by side with them for the duration until you get that badge pinned on your shirt.

Let’s talk about the academy a little more. First off, it is located at 17000 Aldine Westfield at Rankin Road in Houston. If your are unfamiliar with that address, it is near Bush International Airport. It’s one of the largest academies in the United States. It has its own driving track, shooting range, “hogans alley” (simulated town), SWAT training, landing pad for helicopters, weight room, gymnasium, cafeteria, rest area, and of course classrooms. Oh, and it has a lake on the property with very friendly ducks (don’t let them fool you, they just want your food). The academy is six months long and you will attend during the daytime hours from around 6:30am to 4:00pm. On occasion you will work later hours for night time tactical training. You have weekends off and all the holidays off while attending. You arrive everyday like you would attend college. You do not live on sight.

Educational methods and materials have changed enormously since Academy Class Number One, but the basic purpose remains the same: To produce the best-trained police officers possible. Today, Houston police officers undergo one of the most extensive and innovative training programs in the world. The Houston Police Academy provides a unique blend of training, recreation, and social functions to serve the officers of the Houston Police Department. It is the total atmosphere that contributes to the professionalism of the men and women of the Houston Police Department.

Take that first step, apply today, you won't regret it.

12 comments:

Greg R. said...

Thank you for writing about this. I am finishing the last phases of my application process and hopefully will begin in Class 200. This gave me some great info. I didnt know, thanks.

Senior Officer M. McCoy said...

Thanks Greg. Please email me with any other items that would interest someone joining our department. Good Luck in the Academy!

Honsinger said...

Thanks for the first hand knowledge on the academy. I am hoping to start training in September. Any further words of wisdom?

Senior Officer M. McCoy said...

Stay true, stay honest, focus and be the best officer out there. Good Luck, looking forward to having you as my brother in blue!

Aaron W said...

Do you think you could blog about opportunities for advancement, length of time it takes to get those opportunities, etc.? I'm in LE in the Northeast, and there's usually a 5 year wait before you can even take a test or apply for special assignment.

Senior Officer M. McCoy said...

Most divisions on the department require you have at least two years of patrol experience before you can transfer to a specialized division. You have to be an officer for five years before you may take your promotional exam. I hope this answered your questions. If not, please feel free to email me with more specific questions at officermccoy@gmail.com. Thanks for your interest and support of the blog.

hdmi said...

Thanks for writing this post i am just finished my training here in los angeles and wanted to join this academy.

Charlie said...

Once graduated from the academy, how are beat assignments conducted? Can one request to work a certain beat they are familiar with?

Anonymous said...

Do you have to pay for the academy period, or is your pay greatly reduced?

Houston Police said...

Thank you for your question. HPD pays cadets as they go through the academy. You can find out about pay and benefits at www.hpdcareer.com. Thank you for your interest in HPD.

WalkingAlone said...

Senior Officer McCoy I am interested in joining the academy but I am also wary to apply because I am a type one diabetic. I was wondering if this is frowned upon. It is well controlled if that makes a difference.

Houston Police said...

Hi "WalkingAlone." I would recommend you call the Recruiting Division at 713-308-1300 or (800) 252-0473 and ask to speak to a recruiter about your question. Thank you for your interest in HPD!