The East Texas Police Academy is dedicated to serving the pre-service and in-service training needs of the officers, agencies, and communities of Northeast Texas. ETPA has provided law enforcement training since the academy's inception in 1966. ETPA provides a huge array of classes throughout the East Texas Council of Governments and ARK-TEX Council of Governments service areas. We strive to provide the most progressive, professional, and effective law enforcement training possible.
The East Texas Police Academy is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as a Law Enforcement Academy and is contracted by the Commission to provide training courses. Law Enforcement Academies licensed by the Commission on Law Enforcement provide basic licensing and continuing education training courses which may be submitted for TCOLE credit. ETPA offers a diverse selection of classes: the 720 hour Basic Peace Officer Course, the 96 hour Basic County Corrections Course, the 40 hour Basic Telecommunicator Certification Course, all required intermediate-level core courses, mandated recurrent courses, and a host of other basic and advanced courses. Our calendar is updated on an almost daily basis, so please remember to check back often to find the most current offerings.
ETPA is a part of Kilgore College’s Department of Protective Services, a unit of the Business, Technology, and Public Services Division. The other parts of the Protective Services Department are the Criminal Justice academic transfer AA/AS degree program and the Criminal Justice AAS workforce degree program. For more information on the Criminal Justice programs, click here.
Kilgore College and the East Texas Police Academy seek to provide equal educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status or veteran status. Questions about ETPA should be submitted to Academy Director Brian Ruthven. Thank you for your interest in the East Texas Police Academy and the law enforcement profession.