How long does a basic academy take to complete?

The Basic Peace Officer Course is over 950 hours. If you are enrolled in the full-time course which is approximately 8 hours per day, you will complete the program in approximately 5-6 months.  Note: Due to the logistics of some blocks of training, there will be approximately 2-3 weekend classes during basic academy training. Students are advised of these dates on Orientation Day.

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1. Is the Academy Right for Me?
2. Can anyone join a law enforcement academy and become a peace officer?
3. What things may keep me from being eligible to attend the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy?
4. Does the Academy disqualify applicants for any other reason than those mentioned above?
5. How long does a basic academy take to complete?
6. What is the cost of the academy?
7. Do I have to pay the entire cost up front?
8. Does the Academy offer any financial assistance?
9. Are uniforms required?
10. Does the Academy require me to purchase a weapon?
11. Is there any physical training involved?
12. How lenient is the Academy on attendance if I have schedule conflicts?
13. Are there any other issues that may cause termination?
14. Does the Academy assist me with job placement if I successfully complete this course?
15. What do I have to do to get started in the application process for the Academy?
16. How will I know that I've been accepted to the Academy?
17. Is the Academy Veteran Affairs Approved?