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Texas Peace Officer Credential, All Levels (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced)

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Credits Available

  • PSA 330: Cultural Diversity in Public Safety Administration (3 credits, upper division level)
  • SPA 100: Spanish for the Workplace (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Criminal Investigation (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Criminal Law (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Criminal Procedures and Processes (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Physical Training and Wellness (3 credits, lower division level)
  • Police Patrol Procedure (3 credits, lower division level)

Dates Valid

March 2012 through March 2022

Issuing Agency

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement

About the Credential

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) is the State regulatory agency responsible for establishing and enforcing standards to ensure highly trained and ethical law enforcement, corrections, and telecommunications personnel are serving the people of Texas.  The Commission is empowered by legislation to create rules for the administration of Chapter 1701, Occupations Code, and related statutes.  Training mandates for required courses and hours are governed by Texas Occupations Code 1701.258(a), 1701.351(a-1), and 1701.352.  Commission rules 221.1 and 221.3 govern Peace Officer proficiency certification. 

Applying for the Credit

Submit a Credential Credit Application to apply for the credit.

  • Charter Oak students: Log into the Acorn Student Portal and look in Student Self-Service / Student Forms.
  • Non-Charter Oak students: Contact the PLA Office to request a Credential Credit Application.

Course Descriptions

PSA 330: Cultural Diversity in Public Safety Administration (3 credits, upper division level)
Equivalent to PSA 330: Cultural Diversity in Public Safety Administration at Charter Oak State College (COSC).

SPA 100: Spanish for the Workplace (3 credits, lower division level )
Equivalent to SPA 100: Spanish for the Workplace at COSC.

Criminal Investigation (3 credits, lower division level)
Fundamentals of criminal investigation. Correct procedures and conduct at a crime scene, how to preserve evidence, and chain of custody. Emphasis on the responsibility of the first responder. Review documentation, preparation, and testimony in court.

Criminal Law (3 credits, lower division level)
Comprehensive study of sources, distinctions, and limitations relating to criminal law; the development of criminal law in the United States; the principles of criminal liability; various crimes and their elements; and the criteria considered in determining capacity and defenses.

Criminal Procedures and Processes (3 credits, lower division level)
Historical background, kinds of evidence, and the development of the rules of evidence. Considered are the hearsay rule and its major exceptions, burden of proof, judicial notice, and presumptions. Roles of the judge, jury, and prosecuting attorney, as well as the grand jury. Prosecution by indictment as well as other court procedures.

Physical Training and Wellness (3 credits, lower division level)
Prepares recruits for the rigorous duties of law enforcement. Provides the recruit with the skills and confidence to successfully perform his/her duties with a high degree of efficiency on regular basis.

Police Patrol Procedure (3 credits, lower division level)
Demonstrate effective patrol techniques and utilize computer information as well as telecommunication system