Prepare for a career as a public protector with the College of the Mainland Law Enforcement Academy, now enrolling for fall 2015.

The application deadline is July 16. Orientation is July 17, and classes begin Aug. 3.

Graduates may find employment at city or county departments or jails.

“The job market is good. Departments are hiring as people retire,” said Tom Karlok, director of COM Law Enforcement Training.

Through classroom and tactical training, students participate in in more than 700 hours of instruction in subjects including criminal law, firearms and arrest tactics, emergency driving, traffic law enforcement and criminal investigation.  

Upon successful completion of the academy, students may take the Texas state peace officer licensing exam. A passing score of 70 or above on the state licensing exam will make the candidate eligible for employment in the State of Texas as a peace officer, deputy sheriff, constable or any other position classified as a peace officer in the state.  

The academy runs Aug. 3 to Dec. 4, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with several required Saturday dates and times.

Before registering, prospective students must complete the application process, including a criminal history check, physical ability exam and a psychological evaluation.

Application packets for the Law Enforcement Academy are available at the Public Service Careers Building, 1205 Amburn Road and must be returned to the either the Administrative Assistant for Public Service Careers or the Director of Training by July 16.

For more information, contact Thom Karlok, the Director of Training at 409-933-8299, or Susan Meadows, the Administrative Assistant for Public Service Careers at 409-933-8285.