Police Academy

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) operates the LRGV Academy with almost 56 years of experience administering training resources and programs for the development of qualified law enforcement officers throughout the region. LRGV Academy utilizes a wide variety of law enforcement instructors to provide a comprehensive, diverse academy, incorporating the expertise of some of the finest training officials in the region.

The LRGVDC currently has partnerships with law enforcement agencies such as the Cities of Edinburg, Harlingen, Mission, and Weslaco to provide instructors and training site locations that offer accessible day & night training across the Rio Grande Valley. Our primary goal is to provide a premier, valuable training resource for citizens of the area and produce highly qualified, professional law enforcement officers to serve and protect the citizens of the Rio Grande Valley.

Advisory Committee

The LRGV Academy Advisory Committee is required both by Texas law and by TCOLE administrative rule for all training providers and shall provide guidance on policy, procedures, admission, attendance, retention, curriculum, and quality standards in compliance with all TCOLE rules and regulations. Members are comprised of law enforcement leaders, instructors and public advocate members appointed by LRGVDC Executive Director to provide important and critical input reflective of the highest quality and ethical standards.

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

The LRGVDC is a contracted training provider for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement which is the regulatory agency responsible for overseeing training and governing requirements for Texas law enforcement officers, emergency 9-1-1 telecommunicators (dispatchers) and county jailers. The 2023 - 2027 training cycle begins on 09/01/2023 and runs through 8/31/2027. During the training cycle, all TCOLE licensees (Peace Officers, Telecommunications Officers, and County Jailers) are required to complete professional development depending on the type of license held and the individual's proficiency certification level (Basic, Intermediate, Advance or Master). For additional information please visit, www.tcole.texas.gov

State Licensing

Lower Rio Grande Valley Academy Licensing Exam Details:

Location: TSTC Harlingen Testing Center 1902 North Loop 499, Student Services Center Room 312
Email: testing@tstc.edu
Phone: 956-364-4310

To schedule a TCOLE exam, please visit tstc.edu/Testing-Hgn
Choose Group: TCOLE - Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
Available Licensing Exam Choices: Basic Hypnosis, Basic Jailer, Basic Peace Officer, Peace Officer Reactivation, and Telecommunicator

Professional Development

The LRGV Academy routinely coordinates and administers professional development courses to fulfill statutory training requirements for Peace Officers, Telecommunicator Proficiency and County Correction Officers (Jailers). To register for in-service course, look at our In-Service Catalog and send an email to the point-of-contact for the desired course you would like to attend.

For more information on Peace Officer Proficiency, please visit the Peace Officer Proficiency Certificates page, TCOLE webpage, Texas Peace Officer and Reserve page, Telecommunications Officers page, or County Corrections Officers (Jailers) page.

Additional Resources

Upcoming Basic Peace Officer Course

The next Lower Rio Grande Valley Academy sessions have reached maximum capacity. Thank you for your interest in completing the Basic Peace Officer Course with the LRGV Academy. We ask that you periodically check in with the Academy webpage and Facebook page for announcements and any changes that may occur.

Current Active Academy Sessions

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LRGV Academy Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Member Roster
Advisory Committee Bylaws

Past Advisory Committee Meetings
January 23, 2020 (Agenda | Minutes)
November 5, 2021 (Agenda | Minutes)
August 30, 2022 (Agenda | Minutes)
June 21, 2023 (Agenda)

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In-Service Training

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The LRGVDC promotes cooperation among local units of government and provides forums and opportunities for them to work with economic interests and citizen groups in order to improve the region’s health, safety, and general welfare and to plan for future development.

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