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.