Central Texas College is looking to once again provide a police academy and law enforcement training program.

CTC’s board of trustees voted Thursday to approve the program.

“We are pleased to offer this type of training after a lapse of several years,” said Ralph Ford, CTC’s president of Texas and distance learning operations. “We will continue the high-quality basic and extended peace officer training we offered previously, and will enhance our offerings with corrections and dispatcher training.”

The academy at CTC was, at one point, the only regional police academy offered for certification under the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, which certifies all law enforcement officers in Texas.

The college shut down the academy in March 2011 due to falling revenue, and after the Killeen Police Department opened its own police academy.

Pending license approval by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, a basic jailer academy and a basic telecommunications academy for dispatchers could begin as early as spring 2014, college officials said.

The basic peace officer training is tentatively slated to roll out for the fall semester 2014.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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