Historically the Odessa Police Department sent new recruits to the Odessa College Law Enforcement Academy for the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (OCLEA). With the loss of OCLEA, the Odessa Police Department petitioned Texas Commision on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and EducationThe Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education for a license to operate a police academy. TCLEOSE granted the Odessa Police Department a license on March 4, 2010 and the first session of the Odessa Police Department Police Academy began August 2, 2010. The Odessa Police Academy advisory board consists of nine (9) civilian members of the community.
The Odessa Police Department Police Academy 618-hour Basic Peace Officer training is held at Odessa College. This relationship with Odessa College allows students to accumulate 19 hours of college credit during the academy that could be applied towards an Associate in Applied Science Degree for Criminal Justice. It also allows students access to computer labs, workout facilities and the virtual shooting range.PT Training The training hours are Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m.to 4:45 p.m. Recruits attending the academy are required to complete a minimum of 20 weeks in order to successfully complete the academy. The Odessa Police Department Academy requires attendees to meet the high standards expected for a Texas Law Enforcement Officer. Absenteeism and tardiness will not be tolerated. Physical fitness will be an essential component of training, as will defensive tactics. The Academy operates on the Odessa Police Department calendar and will require discipline and decorum in all settings. The Academy will pair a rigorous academic curriculum with a paramilitary structure and environment to prepare recruits to serve their community as exemplary law enforcement personnel.
Recruit(s) Firearms Instructorand students attending the Odessa Police Academy are required to complete 40 hours of firearm proficiency training. Training will include day and night time qualifications with handguns and shotguns. Students will go through familiarization training with rifles and complete simulation training utilizing the Modular Armored Tactical Combat House (MATCH). All Odessa Police Academy recruits must qualify with either the 9, 40, or 45 caliber semi-automatic pistol prior to graduating. TLCEOSE requires that all Odessa Police Officers re-qualify annually.
Applications for enrollment to the Odessa Police Department Police Academy are taken from an eligibility list obtained from the hiring process. For detailed information about requirements and the application process, please visit the Employment page of our website.
REQUIREMENTS TO ATTEND THE ODESSA POLICE ACADEMY:
Persons interested in attending the Odessa Police Academy must be employed by a law enforcement agency that is willing to sign the required sponsorship forms. If a person meets the qualifications to attend the Academy and is not sponsored by another agency, the Odessa Police Department will consider sponsorship on a case by case basis. They will not be City employees and no employment is promised or even offered if they graduate. They will be certified and licensed as a basic peace officer and eligible to pursue a career in law enforcement at whatever agency they decide to apply with. For more information about the process and expenses involved, please contact the Training Unit Coordinators: