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Laredo College solidifies partnership with regional law enforcement entities

For over four decades, Laredo College has cultivated great working relationships with regional law enforcement partners in Laredo, Webb County and surrounding areas.


These mutually beneficial ties with law enforcement have been in great part due to the Laredo College Regional Law Enforcement Academy at the South Campus, which has been at the forefront of law enforcement training and education for more than 45 years.


The academy works closely with all the law enforcement agencies and administrators to assure that they meet their training needs. Their impeccable standards of excellence are reflected in the impressive 100% pass rate of our cadets taking the state basic peace officer licensing test for over 12 consecutive years.


“The Laredo College Board of Trustees and administrators deeply value the strong bond we have established over the years with a myriad of law enforcement entities in our region,” Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis said. “Through our Regional Law Enforcement Academy, our outstanding instructors provide the necessary training to prepare the future generations of law enforcement officials across South Texas. We appreciate their invaluable work and constant efforts to protect everyone in our community.”


The academy provides rigorous and comprehensive training spanning four counties and over 40 law enforcement agencies. These include the Laredo Police Department, Webb County Sheriff’s Office, Webb County District Attorney’s Office, Webb County Attorney’s Office, Laredo Fire Department, Laredo Independent School District Police, United Independent School District Police, Zapata County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife and others.


The training covers academic and skills assessments that all cadets must pass and demonstrate proficiency in. This includes psychological and physiological training that assists in the development and preparation for peace officers in areas such as firearms, defensive tactics, arrest and control procedures. The program is structured and designed to develop individuals who meet all requirements for enrollment and licensing in Texas.


Thousands of officers from Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg and Starr counties have graduated from the academy and selflessly served their community. The combined in-service training and licensing course numbers indicate that the academy processes and trains over 4,000 officers per year.


Although the current basic peace officer licensing course curriculum requirement is a minimum of 696 hours, Laredo College Regional Law Enforcement Academy graduates complete the training, certification and licensing with 752 hours.


Licensing courses are offered in three different areas – basic peace officer, basic county corrections and telecommunicators. These are licensing paths through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), the state regulatory agency that regulates licensing, training and education for peace officers, corrections and telecommunicators.


A vital component of the program’s success is the talented pool of over 20 instructors who are subject matter experts in different areas of law enforcement and assist with the delivery of specialized training.


Other agencies and academies throughout the state frequently contact our academy for assistance and collaborative efforts. The Commission of Law Enforcement has referred other academies and law enforcement agencies seeking assistance with developing procedures, curriculum delivery, testing protocols and skills assessments in general.


Additionally, there are educational offerings and partnerships with law enforcement on the horizon as we continue to network with all the law enforcement agencies within our area and throughout Texas.


“The program has had a tremendous impact in the communities we service,” Program Director Donald Hale said. “Our goals have always been to provide high-quality of training and education. All peace officers, corrections officers and telecommunicators are required to have continuing education and mandated training to maintain licensure.”