Introduction


The Galveston County Sheriff's Office training division provides in-service training to Sheriff's office employees and surrounding law enforcement agencies.


Mission Statement

"The Training Division of the Galveston County Sheriff's Office strives to bring all officers, regardless of agency, the necessary courses for license maintenance and furtherance of careers. We have a great team of highly-trained, TCLEOSE certified instructors who meet law enforcement and correctional training needs with enthusiasm and experience. Training opportunities are offered not only in mandated and certificate courses, but also in a wide array of subjects, each beneficial to expanding the knowledge required to be successful in the law enforcement career chosen."

Notice

Beginning September 1, 2013, the Galveston County Sheriffs Office will only provide training to those certified peace officers who are commissioned with a law enforcement agency.  We may ask that students provide department credentials prior to the beginning of any classes.

Upcoming Courses
GCSO Annual Firearms Qualifications
Description:Annual Firearms Qualification for GCSO Peace Officers
Notes: For Retired Texas Peace Officer or Federal Agent Firearms Qualification contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us prior to the scheduled qualification date.
Start Date: 3/31/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 3/31/2017Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

3843 CIT Update (8 hrs)
Description:Those holding a BASIC PEACE OFFICER Certificate or no certificate will be required to have CIT Update Course. This Crisis Intervention Refresher training provides a review of the key concepts, safety techniques, and communication skills initially taught in the crisis intervention section (Chapter 27) of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Basic Peace Officer Curriculum.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 4/4/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 4/4/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5 Min/50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Lt. Margo Ihde

3184 Legislative Update (4 hrs)
Description:The course objectives for this course include, but are not limited to, the changes in the Penal Code, Traffic Code, Family Code as well as some federal case laws which impact Texas law enforcement. This course is mandatory for all peace officers and must be completed by August 31, 2017.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 4/6/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 4/6/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 5 Min/50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

3184 Legislative Update (4 hrs)
Description:The course objectives for this course include, but are not limited to, the changes in the Penal Code, Traffic Code, Family Code as well as some federal case laws which impact Texas law enforcement.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.usber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 4/7/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 4/7/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 5 Min/50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

2049 TMPA Report Writing (8 hrs)
Description:Effective report writing and documentation is one of the many important aspects of any first responder's job. This course is designed to provide participants with the concepts and skills necessary to plan, organize, and prepare proper documentation and reports. This course covers the basics of the documentation and reporting process, including collecting and structuring information, analyzing information for reliability, validity, and relevance, and drafting, editing, and presenting a final report. The practices taught in this course may be superseded by your agency departmental policy
Notes: Host Course, Cost: TMPA Members $50, Non-Members $75 registration through http://member.tmpa.org/EventDetail?EventKey=2049
Start Date: 4/11/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 4/11/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: TMPA Instructor

3504 Intermediate Use of Force in a Jail Setting (16 hrs)
Description:Corrections officers are required to use force to maintain order, keep people safe, and enforce the law. Officers must have an understanding of the statutory authority for use of force models and use of force options. This course enables corrections officers to identify the causes of disruptive behavior and disturbances and will clarify the appropriate preventative action needed to protect others from harm. This course is one of the Intermediate Core Courses required by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) rules to receive intermediate certification as a county corrections officer.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 4/12/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 4/13/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5 Min/50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

GCSO Annual Firearms Qualifications
Description:Annual Firearms Qualification for GCSO Peace Officers
Notes: For Retired Texas Peace Officer or Federal Agent Firearms Qualification contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us prior to the scheduled qualification date.
Start Date: 4/20/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 4/20/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

57115 Calibre Press Female Enforcers (8 hrs)
Description:Female Enforcers is a one-day course that addresses the 24/7 reality of working as a woman in law enforcement today. Instructed by a sworn female, this dynamic seminar will cover everything from gender advantages/disadvantages and training techniques to force encounters and trusting your instincts. It also touches on case law relevant to females in the workforce. Presenting skill sets designed to enhance the proficiency of female crime fighters mentally, physically, and tactically. This course is constantly evolving, incorporating current events and relevant supporting material that meet the professional needs of Law Enforcement. Topics discussed (but not limited to): • Current Events and Cultural Impact • Battling Bias & Misperceptions • Obstacles to Tactical Training • Equipment Issues • Use of Force options/differences • Physical and Emotional Health • The History of Women in Police Work • Managing a Male Dominated Culture • Discuss/Examine Female Officer Case Studies • Leadership and Mentoring
Notes: Host Course: Registration is through Calibre Press at https://secure.calibrepress.com/event-registration/?ee=974
Start Date: 4/24/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 4/24/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 60-80
Location: San Luis Resort: WindJammer Room, 5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Texas
Instructor: Linda King, Calibre Press

3855 Latent Fingerprint Comparison-Advanced Level (40 hrs)
Description:is course provides an extensive practical application of Friction Ridge Comparisons using both fingerprints and palm prints. Instruction also encompasses the scientific methodologies of examinations on friction ridge impressions as well as the scientific basis for friction ridge identification (individualization). Students will be trained in the presentation of expert testimony as well as courtroom demeanor. The class will then participate in an introduction to moot court presentations.
Notes: Each student must have completed Basic and Intermediate Fingerprint Identification prior to attendance. Host course $495 early registration, $595 after May 1st www.txfact.com
Start Date: 5/8/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 5/12/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Walter Henson

TCOLE Court Security Specialist Certification Training Classes (40 hrs)
Description:Completion of all classes will satisfy the training requirements necessary to apply for the Court Security Specialist Certification from TCOLE.
Notes: HOST Class. For more information and registration click on the link http://www.courtsecurityconcepts.com/training-classes.html
Start Date: 5/8/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 5/12/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 30 Max
Location: Jury Assembly Room, GC Justice Center
Instructor: Randy Harris

3843 CIT Update (8 hrs)
Description:Those holding a BASIC PEACE OFFICER Certificate or no certificate will be required to have CIT Update Course. This Crisis Intervention Refresher training provides a review of the key concepts, safety techniques, and communication skills initially taught in the crisis intervention section (Chapter 27) of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Basic Peace Officer Curriculum.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 5/9/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 5/9/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5 Min/ 50 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Lt. Margo Ihde

3807 TCIC/NCIC Less Than Full Access (8 hrs)
Description:This course is designed for operators who perform NCIC/TCIC functions at any level lower than Full Access. Generally, this pertains to inquiry only, including Mobile Digital Terminal (MDT) users. Operators must receive this training within the first 6 months of assignment or employment, regardless of whether these duties are performed on a full-time or part-time basis. In order to comply with federal requirements, operators must retest within two years of certification or most recent re-certification date.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 5/13/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 5/13/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5 Min/20 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Lt. Margo Ihde

3009 PATC Supervision, Management and Leadership Skills for Jail/Correction Officers (16 hrs)
Description:Leadership, supervision and management skills requires skills in managing people as well as a thorough knowledge of jails and jail issues. In a leadership role the jail supervisor charts the course for the organization, the staffs effort and the ability to accomplish the agency’s mission. Upon Completion: As a result of this class students will be able to: Complete a personality profile to be used in identifying both positive and negative traits in self and others Identify those personality traits that promote effective team development List the six pillars of building ethical character List the five standards and principles associated with appropriate behavior Recognize and define the term “Stakeholder” as it pertains to ethics Identify the different levels of communication and demonstrate applicability Identify and list the three elements of effective communication Demonstrate good questioning techniques through practical exercise List the three reactions to stress Explain the dangers of stress, both physical and mental Demonstrate problem solving skills by applying classroom lecture to “real world” scenarios List the seven problem solving methods and use them during practical exercise Explain the four leadership styles List the factors of leadership Define the five steps to affective counseling Explain “Theory X-Y” in relationship to employees and inmates Identify the Constitutional Amendments associated arrest/confinement Identify problem employees/inmates and employ effective behavior modification techniques
Notes: Host course $295, registration is through PATC, https://www.patc.com/training/register.php?ID=14803
Start Date: 5/17/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 5/18/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 15 Min/50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Perry Hollowell, PATC

38763 TEEX SABA (Self-Aid/Buddy Aid) ( 8 hrs)
Description:There will come a time in every first responder's career when they will need to perform lifesaving medical intervention in the line of duty. Deaths resulting from traumatic injury can be prevented by proper treatment at the scene by oneself or a fellow first responder. This course will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to save your life or the life of someone else until EMS arrive on the scene. As part of the training, you will receive a fully stocked, individual Self-Aid Buddy Aid (SABA) kit valued at $100. Lifesaving methods are demonstrated using the SABA kit and the methods taught will enable officers to use improvised materials if actual materials (SABA kits) are not available. This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements SABA (Self Aid, Buddy Aid) Course #38763.
Notes: Host course $200 per student. Registration link https://teex.org/Pages/Class.aspx?course=LET215&courseTitle=Self-Aid/Buddy%20Aid
Start Date: 5/22/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 5/22/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 15 Min/20 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: TEEX Instructor TBD

38763 TEEX SABA (Self-Aid/Buddy Aid) ( 8 hrs)
Description:There will come a time in every first responder's career when they will need to perform lifesaving medical intervention in the line of duty. Deaths resulting from traumatic injury can be prevented by proper treatment at the scene by oneself or a fellow first responder. This course will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to save your life or the life of someone else until EMS arrive on the scene. As part of the training, you will receive a fully stocked, individual Self-Aid Buddy Aid (SABA) kit valued at $100. Lifesaving methods are demonstrated using the SABA kit and the methods taught will enable officers to use improvised materials if actual materials (SABA kits) are not available. This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements SABA (Self Aid, Buddy Aid) Course #38763.
Notes: Host course $200 per student. Registration link https://teex.org/Pages/Class.aspx?course=LET215&courseTitle=Self-Aid/Buddy%20Aid
Start Date: 5/23/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 5/23/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 15 Min/20 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: TEEX Instructor TBD

GCSO Annual Firearms Qualifications
Description:Annual Firearms Qualification for GCSO Peace Officers
Notes: For Retired Texas Peace Officer or Federal Agent Firearms Qualification contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us prior to the scheduled qualification date.
Start Date: 5/26/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 5/26/2017Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

3280 PATC Basic Criminal Investigation for Street Patrol and New Criminal Investigators (20 hrs)
Description:This course is designed to enhance the knowledge of the Uniformed Officer and New Investigator. This lecture works for the small and large police departments. During this course officers and investigators will be presented with ideas and techniques to assist them in their assigned duties. At times, the crime scene and interviews are the only means available in solving criminal cases. This course will help inform them of the many and various job functions they must perform and resources that can be available to them. Training and experience is the key to the uniform officer and new investigator to be able to work and solve criminal cases. Perspectives from actual cases will give insight to the attendee on the topics covered. The subject of “THE 10 MOST COMMON INVESTIGATIVE PITFALLS” officers make during investigations will be the initial starting point for the attendee. The overall presentation will be comprehensive and examine specific aspects from witnesses, victims, and suspects / defendants . With violent crimes a major factor in society, a focus on crimes against persons will be emphasized.
Notes: Host course $325, registration through PATC, https://www.patc.com/training/register.php?ID=14804
Start Date: 6/13/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 6/15/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 15 Min/50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Stephen Campbell, PATC

3807 TCIC/NCIC Less Than Full Access (8 hrs)
Description:This course is designed for operators who perform NCIC/TCIC functions at any level lower than Full Access. Generally, this pertains to inquiry only, including Mobile Digital Terminal (MDT) users. Operators must receive this training within the first 6 months of assignment or employment, regardless of whether these duties are performed on a full-time or part-time basis. In order to comply with federal requirements, operators must retest within two years of certification or most recent re-certification date.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 6/15/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 6/15/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5 Min/20 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Lt. Margo Ihde

GCSO Annual Firearms Qualifications
Description:Annual Firearms Qualification for GCSO Peace Officers
Notes: For Retired Texas Peace Officer or Federal Agent Firearms Qualification contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us prior to the scheduled qualification date.
Start Date: 6/30/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 6/30/2017Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

3344 TASER X26, X2 & X26P Instructor Certification/Recertification Course
Description:: TASER X26, X26P and X2 Instructor certification - This course will certify you to instruct others on the use of the X26, X26P AND X2 TASER Conducted Electrical Weapons and is a prerequisite for all TASER CEW certifications. Please register at www.Taser.com, click on the Training tab on the left then click on “Search upcoming classes”. If enrollment is completed properly, an email confirmation will be sent to the student(s). New certifications -complete the 4 hour online training block and attend BOTH days of the practical session. Re-certifications - complete the 8 hour online training block and attend the second listed practical date (Day 2 of the session).
Notes: Host Course. Registration will be opened after January 2017 through www.Taser.com
Start Date: 7/18/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/19/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: Mid-County Annex, 9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway Building A Texas City, TX 77591
Instructor: Tim McCurley, Master Taser Instructor

3855 Latent Fingerprint Comparison-Basic Level (40 hrs)
Description:This course is for criminal justice personnel, officers and laboratory technicians who work with fingerprints and is designed for beginners. No experience is necessary. The objective is to train the student in fingerprint pattern recognition and to compare and identify fingerprints. Instruction on the history of fingerprints, basic physiology of friction ridge formation, the taking of inked fingerprints, basic tools/ methodology used in fingerprint comparison and basic courtroom testimony dealing with enhanced punishment (pen packet testimony) is included. Note: This course does not include work with latent prints.
Notes: Cost: Host course $495 early registration, $595 after May 1st www.txfact.com
Start Date: 8/7/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/11/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Walter Henson

1017 Advanced Instructor Development (40 hrs)
Description:This course is designed to give Instructors the skills to build and present their material with memorable results. Everything matters from the moment your participant arrives to the time they depart. Attendees will learn and then put into practical application the use of specific backgrounds, sound bites, video clips, and transitions to draw their participants totally into the delivery of their presentation. Four 10 hour -days / 40-hours) Topics: Based around the refinement of your PowerPoint presentation (tips and tricks, splash page, video & sound), Development of the Instructor Manual (separate from your Lesson Plan), and then combined with classroom Presentation Skill Building (your classroom presence). This is a very hands-on, intensive and interactive course and students should be prepared to do some work as homework. A laptop computer along with basic skills in MSWord and MS PowerPoint are a must!
Notes: Host course: Register at www.rickwhitehead.com
Start Date: 8/14/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/18/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: Limited
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Rick Whitehead & Associates

3855 Latent Fingerprint Comparison-Intermediate Level (40 hrs)
Description:This course provides an extensive practical application of Friction Ridge Comparisons using both fingerprints and palm prints. Instruction also encompasses the scientific methodologies of examinations on friction ridge impressions as well as the scientific basis for friction ridge identification (individualization). Students will be trained in the presentation of expert testimony as well as courtroom demeanor. The class will then participate in an introduction to moot court presentations. Prerequisites: Each student must have completed Basic Fingerprint Identification prior to attendance.
Notes: Cost: Host course $495 early registration, $595 after May 1st www.txfact.com
Start Date: 10/2/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/6/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Walter Henson

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