The 22,772 square-foot facility opened its doors in 1988 for the purpose of both internal training of our personnel and for "host" training opportunities on a wide variety of topics for personnel from other departments. The facility includes a full-size gymnasium with free-weights and a separate, enclosed area containing various types of workout equipment. The indoor seven-lane pistol range for training and qualification is complemented by a separately operated state-of-the-art "Prism" shooting simulator. A large training / meeting room can accommodate groups of up to 50 persons. For "break-out" sessions or multiple use, the room can be partitioned with a retractable wall. Additionally, the academy has three state-of-the-art classrooms with theater style elevated seating for up to 32 persons each. All classroom and meeting areas have multiple electronic audio / visual amenities and connections. The facility is located near an array of fine eating establishments and variety of lodging accommodations available for visitors from other agencies.
The current academy staff have a combined total of more than 100 years law enforcement experience, all are Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) licensed instructors, as well as instructors in firearms. Most, if not all training, is available for TCLEOSE credit. The staff also includes certified weapons armorers for GLOCK, Beretta, and Smith & Wesson.