Located on Scenic Drive and overlooking the City of El Paso, the El Paso Police Department Training Academy offers the recruit an academically and physically challenging environment. During the 30 week training period, recruits will be taught a variety of subjects ranging from criminal law, report writing, principles of investigation, defensive tactics, police vehicle operations and firearm training. Academics will culminate with the State of Texas licensing exam (TCOLE) that the recruits must pass in order to graduate.
Crossfit training is the principal strength and conditioning program utilized at the academy. Recruits entering the Academy must be prepared for the strenuous physical demands of academy.
Listed below are the fitness standards the recruits must meet.
Recruits will attend classes Monday-Friday and on occasion some night and weekend training may be required. Recruits are paid $16.60 hour while attending the academy. Recruits do not reside on the premises and must provide their own housing. The recruits will also purchase their duty weapon, physical training apparel, foot wear, textbooks and other training material.
Physical Fitness Testing Standards
- Sit-ups: 32 in one minute
- Push-ups: 24 push-ups no time limit
- 100 Yard Dash: 19 seconds or less
- One mile run: 10:49 or less
- Bend, Twist & Touch: 15 cycles in 20 seconds
- Combined Left & Right Grip Strength: Combined 160 lbs
Due to changing fiscal priorities, the City of El Paso has postponed further police academies for the remainder of calendar year 2020. City and Police Department staff will assess an appropriate start date for any future academies. At the moment, you are able to fill out an Interest Card through this website. After completion of an Interest Card, you will then be notified through your email when the application process reopens. You may continue to check the website periodically for any and all updates.