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    I was wondering if anybody has had any experience with the Central Texas Police Academy, in terms of merits, is it worth the money, does it assist in getting hired? Any insight is greatly appreciated.

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    Originally posted by chickenrappa View Post
    I was wondering if anybody has had any experience with the Central Texas Police Academy, in terms of merits, is it worth the money, does it assist in getting hired? Any insight is greatly appreciated.
    Maybe you have already done this but before spending your own hard earned money on an academy, reach out to 2-4 departments you'd like to work for as a TCOLE certified leo and get their recommendation on an academy. I know 2 departments who said they would hire from anywhere but in private they told me that certain academies get preference. Best of luck

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      Yeah, I called a bunch of departments yesterday and got a few different calls today saying that they wanted officers and were more than willing to hire people who went through the process, although I may have just been getting discouraged due to applying to the larger big city departments and having bad luck. In terms of not getting selected or the entire hiring cycle completely getting cancelled due to budget cuts. I'm just a young guy and eager to get on the job is all. I was just wondering if anyone had any additional information about the school as I had heard that it was helpful to get certified to be a more competitive applicant.

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        Some departments will require you do go through their specific academy regardless of prior training.

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          Yeah, this topic was put into perspective by a recruiter when I called to ask if they accepted self-sponsored applicants or if they accepted the certificate from where I wanted to obtain it from. He basically said, why should you spend your money when agencies need officers and are willing to pay for them to go through training? Which made sense to me, considering he listed off about ten departments that were hurting for officers within a 100 mile radius. Just thought I'd share that knowledge bomb.

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            Are you still doing self-sponsor or going to a large department academy?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gerald2121 View Post
              Are you still doing self-sponsor or going to a large department academy?
              Who are you talking to? This thread is from four months ago, and the OP hasn't been here since...

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                To the OP, was worth the ask.

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