Fourteen students graduated from Central Texas College’s basic county corrections course after the college re-obtained its Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Academy license in December.
Before Monday’s graduation ceremony, the last class that graduated from the course was in fall 2011, before the college’s license expired, said Pat Boone, program coordinator for CTC’s Police Academy and Law Enforcement Center.
“(The students) were great, really enthusiastic,” said Boone, who served with the Killeen Police Department for 17 years and retired from the force as a lieutenant. “I was excited about getting a class going. It was nice to get one under our belt before we have a police academy.”
The college’s police academy is slated to open in August, pending approval by the CTC board of trustees, which meets March 27, said CTC spokesman Bruce Vasbinder.
With its license, the college also offers a basic telecommunications academy for dispatchers.
With the police academy’s opening in August, CTC also plans to offer basic peace officer training in the fall 2014 semester for people who currently work at an agency.
“It’s nice that we can offer it to the local county for their police,” Boone said.
The three-week corrections course that students graduated from this week offered cadets instruction on the care, custody and control of jail inmates, legal issues, gender and cultural diversity, and stress management techniques in a local correctional environment. They also learned defensive tactics and liability issues in the corrections field.
“It was a great first class,” Boone said. “I went through the police academy here. I believe it’s a valuable asset to the local community.”