Plans are under way for the Brownwood Police Department to be the site of a seven-month regional police academy for aspiring law enforcement officers beginning in January, and applicants are needed.
    The 700-hour academy will be hosted by the West Central Texas Council of Governments.
    It has been nearly two years since a police academy was held in Brownwood, Assistant Police Chief James Fuller said.
    Four applications have been completed and several more are in process, Fuller said. The hope is to have 20 to 25 applicants, with a “bare bones” minimum of 15, he said.
    Classes will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on most Saturdays.
    Tuition is $2,400 and additional fees will apply later in the academy, Fuller said.
    “The most daunting thing about the police academy is the academics,” Fuller said. “You’re going to night school.”
    The application is 35 pages long and applicants are required to be fingerprinted and provide copies of birth certificates, driver’s license record and high school transcript.
    Additional entry requirements include:
    • Sponsored by a law enforcement agency
    • Attained 20th birthday before the first day of class
    • Is a U.S. citizen
    • High school diploma or G.E.D.
    • No felony convictions
    • No convictions of any class involving family violence
    • Must not be prohibited from possessing ammunition or firearm by state
or federal law
    • Must not be prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor
    • No convictions above the grade of Class C misdemeanor within the
past 10 years
    • Has not had a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge from the military
    • Pass physical examination
    • Pass psychological examination
    • Pass reading comprehension examination
    Call 325-672-1197 for application information.This academy qualifies for G.I.
Bill benefits.
    The Brownwood Police Department is currently short five officers and “we’re always looking to hire,” Fuller said.