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."


Beginning September 1, 2013, the Galveston County Sheriff’s 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 prior to the scheduled qualification date.
Start Date: 9/30/2016Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 9/30/2016Time: 8:00:00 PM
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

3267 SAFVIC for Telecommunication Professionals CANCELED (8 hrs)
Description:The true first responder in any emergency is the Telecommunication Professionals whose primary objectives are to respond to calls appropriately and ensure victim and officer safety. The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Investigators Course for Telecommunication Professionals (SAFVIC for TCPs) is designed to provide 911 call-takers around the state with the tools they need to effectively identify and facilitate sexual assault and family violence calls.
Start Date: 9/30/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/30/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Judy Cervenka, TMPA/SAFVIC

2108 Arrest, Search, and Seizure (Intermediate) 16 hrs
Description:This course will cover laws and policies pertaining to arrest, search, and seizure. This course is required for the Intermediate Peace Officer certificate
Notes: To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or
Start Date: 10/3/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/4/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 30 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Detective John Fernandez

2051 CANCELED Threat…Foreign and Domestic~ What you need to know (16 hrs)
Description:In today’s world, all peace officers are faced with a new level of threats and extreme personalities. In order to retain a tactical advantage, it is critical for law enforcement to understand practitioners of Islam and the more threatening entomology of Radical Islamist. This course of study is designed to give peace officers a working knowledge of Islam and more importantly, an understanding of radicalized practitioners and their mindset. Sun Tzu said: “Know your enemy and know yourself and you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles... if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.” That is the basis for this course. We cannot fight something we do not understand.
Notes: CANCELED Host Course
Start Date: 10/12/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/13/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Rick Whitehead and Associates

3283 Basic Gang Investigation (8 hrs)
Description:This course will teach the basic fundamentals of gang recognition (signs, symbols, etc.), behavior associated with gang members and techniques for dealing with this common culture. Topics to be covered include Gang History, Recognition, Laws & Documentation, Local, National, Prison, Juvenile and OMG’s.
Notes: To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or
Start Date: 10/13/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/13/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 30 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Detective John Fernandez

53736 Detective and New Criminal Investigator (36 hrs)
Description:This course is composed to assist the newly appointed Detective or Patrol Officer conducting investigations] in becoming familiar with the many aspects of a Criminal Investigation. It is designed to assist in providing a solid foundation of basic techniques from which Detectives can build upon as they progress through their careers. Policies and procedures differ from agency to agency and this presentation is a general overview, not to conflict with your department operating guidelines in criminal investigations. This four and half day course is a comprehensive INTRODUCTORY LEVEL overview for the law enforcement officer who has recently become assigned the crucial task of conducting supplemental investigations of suspected criminal offenses. During this course the student will also be exposed to various injury, death, homicide and sexually sensitive and explicit sexual battery cases. Also included in this course will be several post-mortem examination photographs and videotape segments, as well as injury, death and homicide scenes through photos and videotapes from actual closed cases. This part of the course will be VERY GRAPHIC AND INTENSE. Upon successful completion of this course, each student will have acquired a comprehensive understanding and will accordingly possess the specialized knowledge and skills, which are needed to conduct a thorough and meticulous investigation concerning suspected criminal activity.
Notes: Host Course: To register contact
Start Date: 10/24/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/28/2016Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: TBD. PA.T.C.

3407 PATC Criminal Drug Interdiction Techniques and Concealment Locations(24 hrs)
Description:Students will see firsthand how Criminal patrol techniques can yield large and small drug and other type arrests from traffic stops and other legal contacts with people of society regardless of age, sex, race, gender or any other class or designation. These students will learn about the growing number of drugs they may see in their area and how to battle them. The students will learn how to put these legal techniques into place with these types of contacts after completing the class.
Notes: Host class. To register copy and past the web address in your web based brower.
Start Date: 11/14/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/16/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: PATC Greg Goltz

Calibre Press: P.E.A.C.E. Program (16 hrs)
Description:The PEACE Program (Prejudice, Empathy, Attitude, Communication & Engagement in a Law Enforcement Environment) is a two-day seminar examining bias, including implicit bias, and how it affects police work. The class addresses why biases exist, and how they can be useful as well as maladaptive. Drawing on the work of such scholars as Mahzarin Banaji, the course examines beliefs that are most often outside of a person’s conscious awareness that may nonetheless adversely affect the behaviors of those in law enforcement.
Notes: Hosted course. Copy and paste the link into your web browser for more information and to register.
Start Date: 11/16/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/17/2016Time: 4:30:00 PM
Seats: 240 Max
Location: College of the Mainland, Auditorium L-131, 1200 N. Amburn, Texas City, Texas
Instructor: Lt. Jim Glennon

2029 PATC Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation Phase I and II (40 hrs)
Description:Practical Kinesic Interview & Interrogation® is a training program that teaches multi-phase behavioral analysis and tactical interrogation methods using advanced kinesic interview and interrogation theories. The course is designed to help interviewers maximize their ability to gain valuable information as quickly and efficiently as possible. The two phases encompassing all the courses that make up Practical Kinesic Interview & Interrogation® training programs includes the Practical Kinesic Analysis Phase and the Tactical Interrogation Phase.
Notes: Host class. To register copy and paste the web address in your window based web brower.
Start Date: 12/12/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 12/16/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: PATC Stan Walters

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