Monday, August 16, 2010

Educational hours decreased

You now must have at least 48 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university with at minimum of a 2.0 grade point average rather than the 60 hours as requested before.

OR

A minimum of two years active duty in the United States armed forces and received an honorable discharge;

OR

At least five years of full-time employment as a peace officer licensed by TCLEOSE or an equivalent licensing entity in another state.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I dont think that was a good idea...

Anonymous said...

I do not entirely agree with this Officer McCoy... Why should HPD lower their standards? I would think that the citizens of Houston would want the best of the best protecting them. 60 college credit hours was not a high bar in the first place. I just think HPD should be increasing their standards not lowering them... but I guess the need for officers takes precedence over however educated or uneducated you are. It's a shame.

Anonymous said...

Not so good :(

Anonymous said...

Officer McCoy how long again does it take to receive a call back because I applied about two months ago and still nothing? Thanks!

Senior Officer M. McCoy said...

Although some of you may not agree with the reduction of college hours, I assure you that the standards to become a police officer will continue to stay rigid. There are many people out there who are not fortunate enough to be able to afford college but continue to have a strong urge to dedicate themselves to protecting the citizens of Houston. The important thing to remember that once you become a police officer and finish your probation, you are eligible and encouraged to finish your degree with HPD. HPD will reimburse your tuition 100 percent as long as you maintain a "B" average.

As always, I appreciate your support of the blog.

Senior Officer M. McCoy said...

It is currently taking up to six months once you apply to be called in for an interview. With the reduction of academy classes and the increase in police applications, the applicant pool is very large and takes some time to filter through.

Anthony said...

Hey all of you guys think that lowering HPD's required college hours is a substandard idea, you're wrong. Houston is shorthanded of officers. We only have about less than 6000 officers protecting 2.5 Million people whereas NYPD and LAPD have more than 10,000 Officers because of their violent, barbaric society. And you guys talking about us being substandard? Those two PDs don't require college only a high school diploma or GED (which is the lowest standard of accepted education). HPD is a highly educated police force and I think lowering their required college hours is a boost for those who can't make 60 hours and for more officers. So let it be.

Thomas said...

thank u officer McCoy, people not everyone can afford college tuition, even if loans are available, the majority population wouldn't even take it, owing money to other people is what all of us want to avoid. by lowering the standard, it at least give people like me a chance to get the credits quicker n join the workforce.

Anonymous said...

The fact of the matter is that HPD has had many applications over this past year. This is the reason to why you’re now taking six months to be called in for an interview so this meets you’re the demand for officers. By lowering the amount of hours it will only make the amount of applicants larger, which will make the calling back for interviews longer. Plus HPD is great departments to work for and the amounts of applications prove it. Sixty hours is not a lot. I do understand that not everyone has the funds to pay for their education however there are many programs out there for individuals who need it. Financial aid is available which does not include loans if they are not desired. There are Pell grants, SG Grants, Texas Resident grants, Texas scholar grant and we can’t forget scholarships. The help is out there it’s just a matter of seeking it.

Anonymous said...

The reason that it is taking up to six months to get an interview is this. First, HPD is no longer conducting seven academy classes a year like they used to and the unemployment rate has raised beyond control. This is why they have so many applicants in the pool. Decreasing the college hours will increase the applicant pool even more as you stated above, however, to me, and this is only my opinion, it gives HPD more to choose from. Whether you have college, military or police experience, that alone will not define you as a person. It is your history as a member of society and moral character that will. The amount of college hours will not determine what kind of adult you have become. I know plenty of people without ANY college that would make wonderful police officers because of their maturity, outlook on life and willingness to make a difference. I believe that HPD just wants the best of the best.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ August 18, 2010 11:01 AM.....i completely agree!!!! If anything it would be a good idea to raise the standards to get better cops, you have all these (lawyers, contractors, teachers, zoo keepers...etc) that lost their jobs and applied to HPD just because they know its a "secure" job in this economy, not because they love to enforce the law and help the citizens. This makes more competition for those of us who have had life-long dreams of becoming police officers, and the chances of us getting hired are slimmer. But in the long run i guess its a good thing also because after all this is becomming "Survival of the Fitest"!!! And all the weak people will be eliminated from the force, eventually building a much stronger police force... Just my opinion

ChicagoDave said...

Does higher education really relate to a better cop? Is a college diploma going to have your back in a tight spot?

I'm an out-of-state applicant that applied between 6 and 9 months ago with no contact yet except to check this blog. I don't expect to hear news anytime soon either as it's difficult to become a police officer across the country, even with a college education.

Best bet is to apply to as many depts. as you can, then forget about it until they call you if they ever do.

Anonymous said...

The Aug 20th comment has a great point. Another reason to why the application numbers have increased are because people have lost their jobs and seek a more secure job. Their are benifits to this job like tuition reinbursement as Office McCoy stated. There are people walking into the recruiting office not seeked a career where you protect and serve but instead seeking a job. It angers me that this happens because they don't have the passion for it and when the passion isnt there it will only lead to bad officers. I don't think that people feel that education defines you but instead people are angry to see standards being dropped when they should be raised because of the larger pool of applications. The last comment states "best bet is to apply to as many depts" what does that say? To me it says that yes they want to do law enforcement but dont really care for what department as long as they get a job. I have and will always have one department in mind and that is HPD.

Anonymous said...

48 hrs is just to get into the academy. While in the academy you will earn 12 hrs of college credit from HCC. When licensed as a Texas Peace Officer the cadet will have 60 hrs of college credits just as they did before. No lowering of standards.