Advanced Training and Certification

The Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence provides training for local, county, state and federal professionals in law enforcement, public safety, fire science and homeland security along the US/Mexico border. Opportunities for professional growth and access to training will strengthen public safety and benefit those who make public service a career. South Texas College is dedicated to providing excellence in educational programs and accessibility to a diverse population.

Hiring Qualified Fire Trainers

Minimum Qualifications: Advanced Structure Firefighter, Instructor II, Class B Driver's license. Call Lizette Blake, 956-872-4208, or email:

Note: Must be local and have minimum 12 years experience

TCOLE Training

Looking for training courses to complete your TCOLE certification? We offer training courses in Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced categories with experienced instructors. View our available courses and sign up today to reserve your spot!

The course listings will be updated periodically.

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For the safety of our faculty, staff and students, masks will be required and social distancing will be followed for in-person trainings.

Course List

Upcoming Sessions Sessions

Available Sessions

Date Course Time
Jun 21 - 25, 2021 2106 - Crime Scene Investigation

The purpose of the course is for the student to be able to explain certain objectives and legal obligations that must be followed during a crime scene search. The training will provide the students with the necessary knowledge to perform a crime scene search that is a coordinated legal search of a crime scene to locate physical evidence or witnesses to the crime under investigation. The student will be able to identify constitutional and criminal laws related to a crime scene search.

Tuition Cost: $260

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Mar 8 - 9, 2021 Advanced Vehicle Contraband Concealment

The rapid recognition and detection of traps, compartments, and secret hiding places used to conceal and transport illicit commodities to include small arms, explosives, illicitly-gained and laundered money, narcotics and chemicals used to manufacture narcotics will result in a benefit to DOD or law enforcement missions to disrupt Transnational Criminal Organizations.

The primary objective of the course is to give the attending DOD Personnel, Law Enforcement Officers, or Military personnel the ability to rapidly conduct a complete systematic search of any moving conveyance and determine if it is being used to conceal and transport illicit commodities.

The course is designed to have a deliberate and direct impact on trafficking organizations abilities to move large shipments of contraband concealed in vehicles in the Western Hemisphere as well as anywhere U.S. interests are assigned. With the proper training of personnel this course will have a direct impact and reduce the quantity of illicit drugs entering the United States from Mexico - Central America, and Canada. By having a direct impact on the trafficking organizations ability to move contraband, the course will disrupt/disable trafficking organizations by a coordinated approach to limit their access to funding, reduce their assets and ultimately raise their costs of doing business.

The course instruction is delivered through a comprehensive presentation by subject matter experts who have many years of experience in practical application of well refined techniques and tactics that have proven to be most effective when searching conveyances believed to be laden with hidden illicit commodities from bulk shipments to individual narcotics. The instruction of the course is enhanced with the use of visual media in video and photographic formats that allow the audience to see real case studies of actual detections that reinforce the learning process and provide a platform for discussion. These examples were mainly derived from actual illicit commodity interceptions by the subject matter experts thus providing firsthand knowledge of the events. The audience will receive instruction on how to detect and defeat electronically operated traps. There will be discussion and presentation of media depicting real case examples of counter-measures that are being applied to thwart governmental efforts by defeating X-ray equipment, density detection devices, fiber scopes, as well as K-9.

Attendance of this course would also be beneficial as knowledge base for those assigned to intelligence, investigations, or case analytical duties where incoming information about specific hiding locations being used by criminal organizations will be understood and can be relayed to field personnel to effectuate interception of illicit commodity laden conveyances.

Topics Included:

  • Drive-train components:
    • Includes the running engine
    • Transmission
    • Axles
    • Drive shafts
    • Floor and roof compartments
  • Wall compartments
    • Includes engine bay firewall
    • Seats
    • Dashboards
    • Rocker panels
    • Bumpers
    • Tires
    • Fuel tanks
    • Doors
  • Other components – Battery, radiator, fluid containers

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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Aug 2 - 6, 2021 FBI - LEEDA: Conducting and Managing Internal Affairs Investigations

FBI LEEDA’s Managing and Conducting Internal Affairs Investigations certification course is a four and one half day seminar focused on best practices related to effective internal control mechanisms calculated to promote enhanced agency accountability.

This seminar is interactive, and attendees participate in capstone scenarios designed as an application of learning FBI LEEDA’s Managing and Conducting Internal Affairs Investigations certification course has been recognized by the majority of state POSTs for mandatory retraining credit ( Consult your POST for additional information.

Register online at:

For more information call:  877-772-7712

Attire: Business Casual

Registration Fee: $695 per student


Date Time
August 2 - 5, 2021 8:30am - 5pm
August 6, 2021 8:30am - 12pm
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Jun 7 - 11, 2021 FBI - LEEDA: Command Leadership Institute

The FBI LEEDA Command Leadership Institute is an inspiring and dynamic 4 and one half day course specifically and uniquely designed to prepare law enforcement leaders for command level positions As part of the Trilogy series of leadership courses, the Command Leadership Institute focuses on real life contemporary strategies and techniques for those aspiring to or in already in command level assignments Students will be engaged in such topics as command responsibility, discipline and liability, team building, resilient leadership, and leading change within an organization.

Register online at:

For more information call:  877-772-7712

Attire: Business Casual

Registration Fee: $695 per student


Date Time
June 7 - 10, 2021 8:30am - 5pm
June 11, 2021 8:30am - 12pm
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Oct 4 - 8, 2021 FBI - LEEDA: Executive Leadership Institute

The FBI LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) is an innovative 4 and one half day program designed for executive level law enforcement leaders and those leaders aspiring to executive level leadership positions ELI focuses on the emerging challenges facing 21 st century police leaders, as well as planning and navigating the political waters of executive leadership This highly interactive program follows the FBI LEEDA “cops talking to cops" model of professional development where students will engage in guided leadership discussions with instructors and other students The course first looks inward to identify the forces of change and emerging trends within law enforcement, such as the challenges of recruiting, hiring and leading different social generational cohorts and different cultural groups within the workforce The ELI also presents leadership strategies that emphasize the importance of public trust and legitimacy, officer wellness, social and emotional intelligence

Register online at:

For more information call:  877-772-7712

Attire: Business Casual

Registration Fee: $695 per student


Date Time
October 4 - 7, 2021 8:30am - 5pm
October 8, 2021 8:30am - 12pm
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Apr 19 - 23, 2021 FBI - LEEDA: Reflective Leadership Institute

The FBI LEEDA Reflective Leadership Institute course represents the next level of leadership education for law enforcement professionals This dynamic course focuses on learning to lead an inclusive culture within our law enforcement agencies The goals of this 4 and one half day program include creating a fair, unbiased, and inclusive police culture for the agency and community effectively guide law enforcement agencies to realize the practical and moral value of cultural awareness and cultural intelligence incorporate best practices for successfully navigating the complexities of our contemporary cultural with integrity assemble concrete pathways for fair and unbiased leadership development of all employees in the agency and, help create leaders with cultural wisdom and integrity as models for their internal communities and the public that they serve.

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For more information call:  877-772-7712

Attire: Business Casual

Registration Fee: $695 per student


Date Time
April 19 - 22, 2021 8:30am - 5pm
April 23, 2021 8:30am - 12pm
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May 3 - 7, 2021 FBI - LEEDA: Supervisor Leadership Institute

The FBI LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute (SLI) is a foundational 4 and one half day course that helps prepare the next generation of police leaders for their critical first steps in police leadership Supervisors and managers at higher levels will benefit from the topics covered in this course, appreciating how first line supervisors are critical to the success of the organization To lead others, we must first know ourselves and SLI takes us on that part of the leadership journey Among the modules covered in this course, students will find out how the DISC factors, Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance, can predict your behavior towards others in day to day interactions The students will thoroughly examine the concepts of credibility, accountability and motivation, while becoming familiar with aspects of liability and discipline that are vital to leadership at all levels of the organization

Register online at:

For more information call:  877-772-7712

Attire: Business Casual

Registration Fee: $695 per student


Date Time
May 3 - 6, 2021 8:30am - 5pm
May 7, 2021 8:30am - 12pm
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Mar 22 - 24, 2021 Highway Drug Investigations for Patrol

The primary purposes of Highway Drug Investigations are to detect, interdict, and disrupt the continual flow of illicit drugs on the nation’s highways. It is where the struggle for superiority of the nation’s highways takes place; a contest between uniformed police officers and the most prolific and dangerous illicit drug traffickers in the world (i.e., Transnational Drug Trafficking Organizations). Emphasis is placed on Mexican drug trafficking organizations, the smuggling routes, transportation corridors, and distribution networks in the United States. Confronting the threat to national security, highway drug interdiction operatives stand as the vanguard in the nation’s second line of defense against those who would export illicit activity, lawlessness, violence, and corruption into the country.

Moreover, comprehensive post-interdiction investigative methods and techniques are emphasized in order to further identify and debilitate ongoing illicit drug-trafficking schemes that have a nexus to highway drug interdiction stops (e.g., conspiracy investigations, government controlled deliveries of contraband, and other investigative methodologies designed to advance a criminal investigation).

Topics Included:

  • Modus operandi of drug trafficking organizations
  • Detection of drug-laden vehicles
  • Weapons trafficking
  • Vehicular contraband concealment
  • Gathering of strategic drug intelligence
  • Bulk currency seizures and investigations
  • Effective strategies designed to disrupt the use of the nation’s highway as a delivery/profit gaining system for illicit drugs and weapons

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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Apr 5 - 7, 2021 Integrated Drug and Contraband Interdiction: Trafficking in Transportation and Service Industries

The purpose of integrated drug and contraband interdiction operations is to target criminal organizations, groups, or gangs who transit illegal drugs throughout the United States by way of legitimate commercial transportation enterprises. The course deals with investigative methodologies that involve the detection and interdiction of illicit drugs and other contraband items (e.g., weapons, bulk currency, etc.) that flow through the nation’s transportation hubs (e.g., airports, commercial trains and buses, commercial parcel/package and freight shipping companies). Moreover, drug and contraband interdiction investigations are designed to disrupt and curtail illicit activities at hotels/motels, self-service storage facilities, and rental vehicle companies. Any activities that are directly related to illegal drug distribution and/or other contraband transactions that are reasonably deemed a threat to public safety and to the health of concerned citizens are targeted for further investigation.

The course also addresses investigation techniques specific to self-storage businesses, the storage of dangerous items, which includes items that terrorists may store in preparation for attacks on U.S. soil are comprehensively addressed (e.g., quantities of fuel, agricultural or industrial chemicals, explosives, blasting caps or fuses, weapons or ammunition, flight manuals, truck driving school manuals, or other similar materials).

Topics Included:

  • Recognizing and monitoring suspicious activities at businesses such as hotels/motels, self-service storage facilities, and rental vehicle companies
  • Exploiting the vulnerabilities of offenders
  • Establishing and maintaining effective liaison with civilian counterparts (owners/managers)
  • Conducting operations and investigative activities that are specifically designed to degrade the abilities of organized crime factions to pervert legitimate transportation businesses or exploit other businesses for profit or advantage

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Upcoming Sessions

1849 - De-escalation Techniques: Limiting the Use of Force in Public Interaction

The purpose of a de-escalation training is to improve the response of officers to incidents that involve persons in crisis, who are behaving erratically, emphasizing that public and officer safety are at the heart of this training process.

Tuition Cost: $52

1850 - Crisis Intervention Training

The purpose of the course is the exploration of the topic of mental health to include de-escalation and crisis intervention techniques.  Developing a Basic Understanding of the Origins of CIT and increasing Awareness of Mental Illness and Associated Adversity.  This will also include effective Communication Skills to aid in working with a possible mental health crisis.

Tuition Cost: $260

2052 - Advanced Communications Course

Dr. Wayman Mullins will be presenting Advanced Communications for Negotiators. This 16 hour course will present communication techniques and strategies for communicators that build upon skills already learned and in the negotiator toolbox. Topics will include Influence and Compliance Techniques, Social Media and Internet Communications, Cognitive Interviewing and others. This course focuses on exercises, scenarios, and practicing the application of techniques.

2057 - Report Writing - 2049 / Courtroom Testimony

The purpose of the course is for the student to understand the importance of and the creation of effective field notes and the uses and essential characteristics of police reports. The student will demonstrate effective written communication skills. The course will prepare the student to be an effective courtroom witness and demonstrate proper demeanor when called to testify by using techniques for presenting effective testimony.

2105 - Child Abuse Prevention

he purpose of this course is to introduce the student to an overview of the nature, causes and effects of child abuse. The student will be able to identify those authorities and responsibilities in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Texas Penal Code, Texas Family Code, and Human Resources Code. The student will be able to identify historical perspectives relating to child abuse as well as be able to identify factors relating to the nature of the problem of child abuse.

2107 - Intermediate Use of Force

The purpose of the course is for the student to obtain a basic overview of the terminology and concepts regarding use of force. The student will also obtain information concerning research indicating factors and situations where use of force may be likely.

Tuition Cost: $104

2108 - Intermediate Arrest, Search and Seizure

The purpose of the course is to cover probable cause, detention, and arrest. The student will be able to identify where the requirements for probable cause to arrest and search are contained. The student will be able to define suspicion, identify examples of suspicious circumstances, and identify appropriate responses.

Tuition Cost: $104

2109 - Spanish for Law Enforcement

The purpose of this course is for the student to be able to interpret the Spanish words and phrases that may signal danger as they are spoken within a conversation during a simulated response.

30418 - Civilian Interaction

This course was developed with the goal of providing information to drivers, the public, and students, and training for members of law enforcement, on the expectations that each should have during a contact between officers and motorists.

Tuition Cost: $13

3132 - How to Write a Search Warrant by the District Attorney Office

Recommended for Officers and Investigators that write search warrants on a regular basis for their departments.

In this course the students will learn how to draft a search warrant affidavit by collectively discussing fact-based scenarios. The presentation will consist of a lecture that highlights and discusses the latest court cases and that is also interspersed with practical exercises. The students discuss the facts and then, as a group, prepare an affidavit for a search warrant along with the warrant itself. The instructor will type the affidavit in “real time” as it is authored by the students and shown on the PowerPoint screen. The instructor will then offer constructive criticism and make corrections to the student’s work product.

The course will emphasize the information that will need to be provided in order for their affidavit to survive the close scrutiny of the courts. The lecture portion of the class will include focus on:

  • Knock and Talks
  • The Fourth Amendment as applied to search warrants
  • How to properly describe the place to be searched
  • How to properly describe the items to be seized
  • How to deal with computers and cell phones when asking to seize them and then search the content of those devices

Naming or describing persons that you want to search under the authority of the search warrant; and stating probable cause to support the search of every item you want to search under the warrant.

Each student will receive a handout that details the requisites of drafting a search warrant and search warrant affidavit. They will also receive a handout on Digital Searches.

3150 - Law Update: Digital Body Camera

Body Worn Camera is a recording device that is capable of recording, or transmitting to be recorded remotely, video or audio, and is worn on the person of a peace officer, which includes being attached to the officer’s clothing or worn as glasses. This purpose of this course is for the student to be able to discuss when a camera should be activated due to privacy and departmental situations as well as a location in which a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, including a person’s home.

3150 - Law Update: Warrantless Searches

This course will teach the student the circumstances in which a search can be conducted without a search warrant. Not every search, seizure, or arrest must be made pursuant to a lawfully executed warrant. The Supreme Court has ruled that warrantless police conduct may comply with the Fourth Amendment so long as it is reasonable under the circumstances. The exceptions made to the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement reflect the Court's reluctance to unduly impede the job of law enforcement officials.

3186 - State and Federal Law Update

The purpose of the course is for the student will be updated on the bills passed that will have an impact on Texas law enforcers and review recent judicial decisions that are important for law enforcement officers, law enforcement administrators, and law enforcement policy makers. The training will provide the students with the necessary knowledge to perform their daily job tasks with competency and to continue to serve the public at a high level of performance.

Tuition Cost: $26

3232 - Special Investigative Topics

This course provide the officer an understanding of child abuse & neglect, family violence, sexual assault, and sex offender characteristics and those key changes within the different Texas Codes that may impact on their performance in these critical areas.

3255 - Asset Forfeiture

This course will cover the forfeiture of seized property. The student will be able to demonstrate understanding of this area to the level required by the Texas 77th in Senate Bill 563. The student will be able to identify the philosophy behind forfeiture and the extent to which it is appropriate as well as be able to identify search and methods of seizure.

3256 - Racial Profiling

The purpose of this course is that the officer will be able to identify the legal aspects of racial profiling, be able to identify logical and social arguments against racial profiling and be able to identify the elements of both inappropriate and appropriate traffic stops.

3270 - Human Trafficking

This course will increase the law enforcement communities awareness of the issue of human trafficking, through the exposure of information including: victim identification, investigation, rescue and prosecution considerations, referral and service providers availability, the critical need for development of a coordinated community response and the inter-connectivity of state, federal and global human trafficking concerns.

Tuition Cost: $26

3271 - Advanced Human Trafficking

This course will increase the law enforcement community’s awareness of the issue of human trafficking, through the exposure of information including: victim identification, investigation, rescue and prosecution considerations, referral and service providers availability, the critical need for development of a coordinated community response and the inter-connectivity of state, federal and global human trafficking concerns.

Tuition Cost: $26

3275 - Missing & Exploited Children

This course is intended as an introduction to issues related to responding to and investigating missing and exploited children cases. The participant will be able to determine specific steps to take upon receiving a report of a missing child while considering factors such as child history, individuals at the scene, evidence collection, search procedure and available resources. The participant will be able to differentiate when reporting youth runaway cases is legally required as well as correlate youth runaway populations and risks for potential harm or exploitation. The participant will be able to identify risks posed to children for sexual exploitation, potential offenses related to child sexual exploitation, and grooming techniques commonly used by offenders.

Tuition Cost: $26

3277 - Identity Theft

The purpose of the course is for officers to be able to recognize the types of identity crime and recognize how identity crimes occur. The officer will also be able to recognize the legal aspects of identity crimes.

3280 - Cell Phone Investigation Techniques

Today's criminal element is heavily relying on cell phones and its ever-advancing technology to conduct illegal activity. The ability to exploit this information is crucial for law enforcement success. This class will assist investigators and officers in understanding the data and terminology involved in a cell phone investigation and how to successfully utilize that information in developing probable cause, identifying co-conspirators, and expanding the breadth and scope of criminal investigations.

  • Cell phone warrants
  • Cell Tower Data
  • "Dropped Phones"
  • CPS & Wifi Tracking
  • Exploiting Cell Phone Apps
  • SMS Messages
  • Preservation of Evidence
  • Legal Consideration
  • and much more


3843 - Crisis Intervention Refresher Course

Training provides a review of the key concepts, safety techniques, and communication skills initially taught in the crisis intervention section of the TCOLE Basic Peace Officer Curriculum. This course will allow time for discussion, questions, and concerns of technique utilization that participants have experienced. Best practices will be discussed and the sharing of personal situational experiences.

38719/6012 - Resilience and 21st Century Law Enforcement Skills

Course is divided in three sections earning a total of 24 hrs. You may attend a class individually (8 hrs each) Below are the cost per course

Part 1 (Resilience)
November 12
Cost: $250.00

The 21st century law enforcement officer navigates hazardous and complex situations on a daily basis, and they do so in the presence of unprecedented levels of public scrutiny. In the digital era, some members of the general public record, or live stream, their interactions with law enforcement officers with the intent of publishing these interactions on social networking sites. This one day course will use the principles of HeartMath’s Resilience Advantage to provide students with skills to regulate their physiological responses to stressful situations. Students will learn about the four resiliency domains, and will also learn about the synergy between these resilience domains that lead to coherent heart rhythms. This class will discuss how the body’s nervous system causes physiological changes in response to stress, and students learn how to mitigate the stress response to respond decisively and effectively in the face of adversity

Part 2 (De- Escalation)
November 13
Cost: $225.00

This course examines the most common pathway the police use to increase citizen perceptions of legitimacy. This course will familiarize the students with strategies and techniques on de-escalation within the law enforcement and family community. This pathway is through the use of the following:

  • Procedural Justice
  • Crisis Intervention Training
  • Verbal De-escalation

Students will further develop their understanding of the research that confirms when people perceive the police as legitimate, they are more likely to report higher levels of satisfaction and confidence in the police (both for individual officers and the institution), perceive the police as effective in their crime-control efforts, and are more willing to assist police and accept the manifest outcomes of an interaction with police (Tyler 2004). Police legitimacy thus engenders compliance, fosters cooperation, and improves citizen satisfaction with police, thus facilitating the capacity of police to maintain order and control crime.

Part 3 (Communication)
November 14
Cost: $225.00

This course examines the elements of contemporary leadership and delineates the principles of communication that are important in the development of a leader for the 21st century. Emphasis is placed on how to overcome communication challenges and the skills you need to become a leader. This course provides students with the ability to inspire and build a team that produces not only results, but also future leaders.

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3939 - Cultural Diversity

The purpose of this course is not just to inform, but to increase awareness and understanding. The course will lead to the development of skills that will refine positive communication and enhance productivity in the workforce.

4064 - School Based Law Enforcement

The officers will be able to get familiarized with, child and adolescent development, psychology, mental health, and crisis Intervention, De-Escalation Techniques for limiting the use of force. Mental health and behavioral needs with children with disabilities or special needs and restorative practices and positive behavioral interventions.

Tuition Cost: $130


Date Time
February 22 - 23, 2021 8am - 5pm
February 24, 2021 8am - 12pm
4065 - Canine Encounters

The purpose of this course is to provide officers with knowledge of the Texas State Animal Laws and tools to be able to recognize and understand canine behavior to avoid and defend against canine attack.

Tuition Cost: $26

4068 - Child Safety Check Alert List

The purpose of the course is to familiarize peace officers with The Child Safety Check Alert List law (CSAL) and the purpose of the list. The student will be able to describe what information they must report to the Department of Family and Protective Services and to the Texas Crime Information Center.

Tuition Cost: $6.50

7887 - Interacting with Drivers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

This course will provide knowledge on identifying practical suggestions for more effectively communicating with drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing and describe how to identify specialty license plates issued to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the State of Texas.

8158 - Body Camera TCOLE Course

Body Worn Camera is a recording device that is capable of recording, or transmitting to be recorded remotely, video or audio, and is worn on the person of a peace officer, which includes being attached to the officer’s clothing or worn as glasses. This purpose of this course is for the student to be able to discuss when a camera should be activated due to privacy and departmental situations as well as a location in which a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, including a person’s home.

AWR 136 - Essentials of Community Cybersecurity

The course provides individuals, community leaders and first-responders with information on how cyber attacks can impact, prevent, and/or stop operations and emergency responses in a community. It also serves as a cursory introduction to cyber threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures. It explains vulnerabilities of computer systems and networks and how these vulnerabilities can affect communities. The course introduces actions communities can take in establishing a cyber security program.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify reasons why communities are vulnerable to cyber attack
  • Differentiate between the levels of cyber security threats
  • Recognize the terrorists are capable of, and planning use, computers to attack American communities and citizens
  • Recognize the purpose of the Community Cyber Security Maturity Model

This course is typically delivered in conjunction with MGT-384 (The EOC's Role in Community Cyber Security) or MGT-385 (Community Cyber Security Exercise Planning).



FBI - LEEDA: Media and Public Relations

FBI-LEEDA is pleased to present a 4½-day course on media and public relations. Police cannot succeed without the support of the community they are sworn to protect. The image of an agency as a professional and ethical organization is vitally important. This course will guide the participants to promoting a consistent and positive public image of the department, enabling the community to perceive their police as a transparent organization they can depend on and trust. There are three key opinion influencers; participants will learn how each can positively or negatively affect public opinion. Students will participate in media training with numerous desktop and on-camera exercises. Topics covered include; image, branding and perception, the media’s role in public opinion, managing social media communications, interview preparation and principles for communicating in a crisis event.

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Force Encounters Analysis (Understanding Human Performance in Critical Incidents) - CANCELLED


Force Encounters Analysis coursework delivers the science of human performance behind many of the most misunderstood aspects of high risk, rapidly evolving situations. Using case studies and video analysis we lead our students through an in depth discussion of the key human factors associated with use of force.

The goal of Force Encounters Analysis is to provide officers with the knowledge, skills, and ability to make quality decisions in difficult situations. The training will deepen their understanding of critical human factors that interfere with the ability to effectively control a situation. The course also promotes the application of appropriate de-escalation techniques, and addresses when and how to use them.

Course Topics:

  • Stress & Performance
  • Reaction Time
  • Situational Awareness
  • Decision Making
  • Fatigue
  • Neurophysiology
  • Memory

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Hostage Negotiations Course

Negotiations Course by Wayman Mullins DPS Ranger Tony Rocha.

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Leadership for Field Training Officers

A 40 hour course based on the "Developing Leaders" course concepts, modified for FTOS. Focuses on Leadership Methods to increase trainee motivation and success by coaching.

All proceeds benefit the Texas Police Cheifs Association Foundation.

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Local contact: Sgt. Miguel Reyes, Pharr PD 956-402-4700

MGT 384 - Community Preparedness for Cyber Incidents

Community Preparedness for Cyber Incidents is designed to provide organizations and communities with strategies and processes to increase cyber resilience. During this 12 hour course, participants will analyze cyber threats and initial and cascading impacts of cyber incidents, evaluate the process for developing a cyber preparedness program, examine the importance and challenges of cyber related information sharing and discover low to no cost resources to help build cyber resilience.


  • Types of cyber threats and incidents
  • Initial and cascading impacts of cyber incidents
  • Community cyber preparedness
  • Steps for developing a Cyber Preparedness Program
  • Information Sharing
  • Situational Awareness
  • Cyber Baseline
  • Information sharing programs and resources
  • Resources for increasing cyber resilience


NIMS G-300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents

This one and a half day course provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System (ICS). The course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 through ICS-300 courses. Earn TCOLE credit hours. (21hrs)

April 27-28, 8am - 5pm
April 29, 8am - 12pm

$0 Tuition

Prerequisites & Other Information:

Students will NOT be approved until all prerequisites have been UPLOADED to their transcript. These courses are the following:

  • IS-100.c, Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100
  • IS-200.c, Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-700.b, National Incident Management System, An Introduction
  • IS-800.c, National Response Framework, An Introduction

It is recommended that students have actual experience using concepts and principles from ICS-100 and ICS-200 in a response or exercise.

NIMS G-400 Advanced Incident Command System, Command and General Staff

April 29, 1pm - 5pm
April 30 8am - 5pm

$0 Tuition TCOLE Credit Hours (15hrs)

Prerequisites & Other Information:

Students will NOT be processed until all prerequisites have been UPLOADED to their transcript. You may enroll in the Advanced ICS class at the same time you enroll in the intermediate class if they are back to back. These courses are the following:

  • IS-100.c, Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100
  • IS-200.b, Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-700.b, National Incident Management System, An Introduction
  • IS-800.c, National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • G300, Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents
Point of Contact Critical Wound Care

This course is designed for first responders with little to no medical experience and is presented in an easy-to-learn format, ensuring students retain the information for use when it is critically needed. This training is essential for law enforcement officers of all ranks.

Course Objective:

The objective of this course is providing essential critical wound care at the point of injury and increasing survivability for first responders, while allowing them to “stay in the fight.” Certified tactical medics with years of experience “down range” will teach students comprehension of Tactical Combat Casualty Care
(TCCC), including:

  • Priority of actions required prior to providing essential emergency medical care
  • Performance of the MARCH rapid trauma assessment protocol
  • Recognition and control of bleeding from an extremity through proper application of tourniquets
  • Control of hemorrhagic bleeding through the use of hemostatic gauze
  • Proper opening, clearing, and maintaining of airways
  • Assessment and treatment of a penetrating chest wound
  • Assessment and treatment of shock


Public Agency Training Council: Cell Phone Technology and Forensic Data Recovery Certification

The PATCtech Cell Phone Technology & Forensic Data Recovery Certification (CTF) is a one of a kind certification training module for law enforcement officers, detectives, private investigators, SIU’s and computer specialists that provides a comprehensive study of how to use cell phone records and cell phone forensic technologies in any type of investigation.

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Public Agency Training Council: Detective and New Criminal Investigator

This course is composed to assist the newly appointed Detective (or Patrol Officer conducting investigations) in becoming familiar with the many aspects of a Criminal Investigation. It is designed to assist in providing a solid foundation of basic techniques from which Detectives can build upon as they progress through their careers. Policies and procedures differ from agency to agency and this presentation is a general overview, not to conflict with your department operating guidelines in criminal investigations.

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Public Agency Training Council: Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation Phase I and II

Practical Kinesic Interview & Interrogation® is a training program that teaches multi-phase behavioral analysis and tactical interrogation methods using advanced kinesic interview and interrogation theories. The course is designed to help interviewers maximize their ability to gain valuable information as quickly and efficiently as possible. The two phases encompassing all the courses that make up Practical Kinesic Interview & Interrogation® training programs includes the Practical Kinesic Analysis Phase and the Tactical Interrogation Phase.

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Public Safety - First Response to Mass Casualty/Active Shooter Incidents

A comprehensive look at effective emergency management strategies and tactics in mutual aide, unified command, and area command scenarios.

  • Understand the history of national and international mass casualty incidents and their impact on the strategies, sub-strategies and tactics employed by first responders
  • Learn the importance of employing elements of the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) in critical incidents
  • Gain knowledge necessary for establishing unified command and area command in mutual aid response scenarios
  • Learn the importance of emergency response planning, the development of command posts, staging areas, camps, bases, helispots, heliport, casualty collection points/areas, and evacuation corridors.


Radar Certification

RADAR is an important and effective means of accurately establishing vehicle speed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes that police traffic RADAR is an effective enforcement tool. Police traffic RADAR provides a means of increasing enforcement effectiveness and permits police administrators to make better use of scarce personnel and costly fuel. Research shows that excessive speed is a major contributing factor to motor vehicle crashes. Further, excessive speed increases the severity of the crashes that do occur.

  1. Bring your own handheld RADAR device or vehicle RADAR mounted system
  2. It is a RADAR and LIDAR certification class
Surviving an Active Shooter Incident Helping Civilians Join Forces With Law Enforcement Against Active Shooters

South Texas College Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence will be the location for the 2020 Surviving an Active Shooter Incident. The purpose of the presentation will be to provide training for school officials, Police Agencies, and anyone who may potentially be involved in risk detection. LEO Seminar Trainer will give the training. The three-hour presentation will learn how to be an active participant in your won rescue through teamwork with first responders.


TEEX ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents for Operational First Responders

This course is intended to serve as a vehicle to share proven incident management strategies and practices, as well as to enhance teamwork and coordination among the agency's mid-level managers and command staff directly responsible for emergency response to all-hazards incidents in which the Incident Command System (ICS) is employed. Register at:

The Analytics of Report Writing for Effective Testimony

Comprehensive Training For The Criminal Justice Professional

Educate and Prepare

  • Learn from some of the most accomplished and successful law enforcement practitioners in the profession.
  • Comprehensive training taking the student far beyond the normal basic LE Report Writing Course
  • Gain TCOLE credit hours
  • Learn Use of Force/Deadly Force Laws

Learning Objectives

  • Review the components of effective police report writing
  • Learn the importance of analytical writing - saying much more with far fewer words and less redundancy
  • Emphasize the value of continuing education in the police career field by referencing updated laws and policies
  • Study examples of both effective and ineffective testimony from a former Judge’s perspective
  • Demonstrate the benefits and consequences associated with police report writing in a litigious society
  • Learn to avoid committing crimes pertaining to writing reports and affidavits and how to write them so they withstand judicial scrutiny


Use of Force/Deadly Force In The 21st Century Training

Educate and Prepare

  • Hear From Some Of The Most Accomplished Law Enforcement Practitioners In The Profession
  • Learn Use of Force/Deadly Force Laws
  • Earn TCOLE Continuing Education Credit Hours

Training Objectives

  • To save the lives of law enforcement professionals through candid discussion on the fundamentals of force, available force options, discussion on real-world force applications, and possible consequences
    for the use of unlawful force.
  • Reinforcement of the need for continued training on the laws regarding proper use of force, effective decision making under stressful conditions, and proper use of the “tools of force” in a highly litigious operational theater
  • Emphasis on understanding the most basic and paramount public safety value: Protection of property and apprehension of criminal offenders is subservient to the preservation of life safety, particularly their own.
  • Identify incidents of law enforcement officers’ use of force and laws governing the administrative, criminal, and civil consequences for use of excessive force or force without justification.
  • Identify and understand the concerns and rights of law enforcement officers who use force in Texas.
  • To study and learn from analysis of recent use of force cases in Texas, to be positioned to reduce a law enforcement officer’s risk of criminal responsibility, civil liability, and disciplinary action.


U.S. Secret Service (Threat Assessment Training for School Officials)

The U.S. Secret Service and the South Texas College Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence will be co-sponsoring a training event which will provide Threat Assessment Training for School Officials. This training is free and will be open to School Resource Officers, police investigators, school administrators, school counselors, school psychologists and anyone who may potentially be involved in a risk detection / management position. This training is provided by personnel from the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC), a component of the U.S. Secret Service. The NTAC conducts research, training and consultation on threat assessment and the prevention of targeted violence.

This four hour block will address the following topics:

  • Identifying potential threats and students who may be exhibiting concerning behaviors
  • Investigating and gathering information on the background and behaviors of concerning students
  • Assessing whether students pose a threat of violence or other harmful behavior
  • Developing risk management strategies and interventions
  • Interactive case studies

This is not training on responding to an active shooter situation

Seating and space for this training is limited.

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