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Criminal Justice Program

The criminal justice system has evolved greatly in recent years. No longer can applicants with minimal job skills expect to be hired. Today’s successful candidates must understand and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the profession and pass measurable performance standards. Supported by a broad general education, training is given to develop professional competence in the field of contemporary law enforcement. Our programs apply to both the new student and the experienced criminal justice worker.

Alvin Community College offers a variety of educational and training opportunities within the Criminal Justice Field. We offer two different Associate Degrees, three certificate programs, concealed handgun training, and in-service law enforcement training.

Now offering Criminal Justice on-line classes!

Associate Degree Plans

Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice Field of Study

  • This degree plan is a field of study approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board which is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to major in Criminal Justice and transfer all of the hours to a four year university or college.

  • Now offering online classes.

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Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement & Police Administration

  • The curriculum in Law Enforcement and Police Administration prepares individuals for career services in law enforcement and related occupations. Supported by a broad general education, training is given to develop professional competence in the fields of law enforcement administration, police science, prevention and control of delinquency and crime, correctional administration, and industrial security administration. This curriculum is applicable to both the preparatory student and the experienced officer. Experienced officers may receive up to 24 hours credit towards this degree based upon their law enforcement officer certification.

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Certificate Programs

Basic Police Academy

  • The Alvin Community College Law Enforcement Academy train women and men for a career in Law Enforcement. The course curriculum is designed so the student can meet the testing objectives of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and be certified to take the TCOLE licensing examination.
  • Admission to the law enforcement academy is seperate than admission to the college. Future cadets should see the the academy staff in the Criminal Justice building (Building N) to apply for admission.   

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Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities in most local police departments will be excellent for qualified individuals, while competition is expected for jobs in State and Federal agencies. According to, the average salary for Law Enforcement Officers is $49,700. Salary amount often varies depending on the place of employment, job title and level of experience. Once graduates become certified by passing the TCOLE, they are eligible for employment in any law enforcement agency in the state of Texas.


Associate of Applied Science Degree
Law Enforcement & Police Administration....60 credit hours

Associate of Arts Degree
(For students planning to major in Criminal Justice and transfer to a four-year university)
Criminal Justice – Field of Study............................60 credit hours

Basic Law Enforcement Academy*.................25 credit hours

  • Day Academy One semester: Offered in Fall or Spring
    - Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and an occasional Saturday

Civilian Hand Gun Classes

  • ACC offers handgun safety, civilian marksman, and concealed handgun licensing classes. 
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In-Service Law Enforcement Training

  • Alvin Community College offers a variety of in-service training course that are Texas Commission on Law Enforcement approved.
  • Field Training Officer Course
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For more information:

Associates Degrees
Call 281-756-3779

Police Academy
Call  281-756-3780

Civilian Handgun Training
Law Enforcement In-Service Training
Call 281-756-3774