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