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: 1/27/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 1/27/2017Time: 8:00:00 PM
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Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

2107 Intermediate Use of Force (16 hrs)
Description:This is course is designed to cover use of force in a law enforcement setting, including the statutes about use of force, types of force, psychological aspects, and more. This course satisfies the TCOLE core course required to obtain the Intermediate Peace Officer Certificate.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 1/30/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 1/31/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
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Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

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: 2/1/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 2/1/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 30 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Lt. Margo Ihde

3343 O/C Pepper Spray (6 hrs)
Description:This course covers the legal requirements, basic techniques, tactics, and decontamination necessary to successfully deploy OC/Pepper Spray. The State of Texas requires all Law Enforcement carrying pepper spray be certified in its use prior to carry; this course satisfies that requirement.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 2/3/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 2/3/2017Time: 2:00:00 PM
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Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

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: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 2/6/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 2/7/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
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Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: William Kilburn

3347 Taser Annual CEW User Recertification & X26P Transition Certification Course (2 hrs)
Description:This course covers the Taser Annual CEW User Recertification course and the X26P Transition Certification course utilizing V20 of the Taser Training Materials.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us . **Agencies other than GCSO must provide two live or simulation cartridges for training.**
Start Date: 2/9/2017Time: 1:00:00 PM
End Date: 2/9/2017Time: 3:00:00 PM
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Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

3347 Taser Annual CEW User Recertification & X26P Transition Certification Course (2 hrs)
Description:This course covers the Taser Annual CEW User Recertification course and the X26P Transition Certification course utilizing V20 of the Taser Training Materials.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us . **Agencies other than GCSO must provide two live or simulation cartridges for training.**
Start Date: 2/9/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 2/9/2017Time: 10:00:00 AM
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Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

3347 Taser Annual CEW User Recertification & X26P Transition Certification Course (2 hrs)
Description:This course covers the Taser Annual CEW User Recertification course and the X26P Transition Certification course utilizing V20 of the Taser Training Materials.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us . **Agencies other than GCSO must provide two live or simulation cartridges for training.**
Start Date: 2/10/2017Time: 1:00:00 PM
End Date: 2/10/2017Time: 3:00:00 PM
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Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

3347 Taser Annual CEW User Recertification & X26P Transition Certification Course (2 hrs)
Description:This course covers the Taser Annual CEW User Recertification course and the X26P Transition Certification course utilizing V20 of the Taser Training Materials.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us . **Agencies other than GCSO must provide two live or simulation cartridges for training.**
Start Date: 2/10/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 2/10/2017Time: 10:00:00 AM
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Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

3344 Taser X26P CEW New User Certification Course (8 hrs)
Description:This class is designed to certify the New Taser CEW User with the Taser X26P CEW utilizing current training materials (Version 20 provided by Taser Inc.
Notes: Cost: Free To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us *For GCSO Employees-This course requires a Taser CEW Exposure and prior written authorization from your GCSO Division Commander. Documentation must be submitted to the Training Division prior to the training date. *For all other Non GCSO Agencies-If your agency requires exposure you must bring two simulation cartridges and one live cartridge for this course (they may be all live cartridges if you are unable to obtain simulation cartridges). If your agency does not require exposure you must bring two cartridges whether live or simulation.
Start Date: 2/13/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 2/13/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
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Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

62041 Dogs and Police , Shoot or Don't Shoot (8 hrs)
Description:Dog calls for Police Officers can create problems for all parties involved. Police Officers in the normal course of their duty will encounter a dog in approximately 1/3 of all their calls. Use of Force in dog calls is a serious problem and Police Officers must be trained in the basic knowledge of how to approach dogs in general.
Notes: Cost: Free. This course satisfies TCOLE requirement for Interm. And Advance PO Proficiency cert for Canine Encounters. Contact Amber Burns to register for the course, amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-763-7594. Location subject to change
Start Date: 2/21/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 2/21/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
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Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

4067 Trauma Affecting Veterans (24 hrs)
Description:This course aims to provide a framework for Law Enforcement Officers, Jailers, and Telecommunicators to have a basic understanding about US Military culture, traumas, triggers and stressors, and de-escalation techniques when encountering Veterans in crisis. The course is structured around 16 hours of lecture, videos, and class dialogue and 8 hours of role playing, hands-on practice to build student confidence when encountering a US Veteran in crisis. The Trauma Affected Veteran course builds on the crisis intervention training techniques that were taught in the basic Peace Officer licensing academy.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 2/21/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 2/23/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 30 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
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: 2/24/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 2/24/2017Time: 8:00:00 PM
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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: 2/28/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 2/28/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Lt. Margo Ihde

2045 Patrol Procedures (16 hrs)
Description:This class is designed to introduce deputies to the standard operating procedures of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office regarding patrol. Material will cover both policy and procedure. Unless taking this course as a refresher, an additional 40-hour field training (ride along) is required. This class is REQUIRED according to SO policy for approval to work extra jobs.
Notes: Cost: Free
Start Date: 3/1/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 3/2/2017Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Sgt. Brent Cooley

1014 Basic Instructor Certification (40 hrs)
Description:This Basic Instructor Certification course is designed to provide the basic concepts of instruction and to increase the quality of professional law enforcement training. This course introduces the student to the teaching-learning process, phases of the teaching-learning process, factors affecting learning, preparing a lesson plan, and methods of instruction. The students will be taught how to develop and use instructional media to enhance their presentations. In addition, the fundamental techniques of developing testing and evaluation procedures will be presented. Each trainee must demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills required to effectively instruct a lesson during two teaching exercises which will be evaluated by two instructors. It is recommended you bring a thumb drive to the class to save the two lesson plan templates for use in your presentations. To be eligible to attend this course, Officers must meet the following: Substantial experience in teaching or in the special field or subject area to be taught to include: § Two years experience as a peace officer, telecommunicator or jailer;-or- § A bachelor’s degree and two years of teaching experience;-or- § A graduate degree
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 3/6/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 3/10/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 10 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Sgt. Michael Bell & Inv. Robert Williamson

2180 ARIDE Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (16 hrs)
Description:The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with input from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Technical Advisory Panel (TAP), and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. ARIDE was created to address the gap in training between the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC/DRE) Program. The SFST program trains officers to identify and assess drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, while the DEC/DRE program provides more advanced training to evaluate suspected drug impairment. The SFST assessment is typically employed at roadside, while an officer trained as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) through the DEC program conducts a 12-step evaluation in a more controlled environment such as a jail or a detention facility. ARIDE is intended to bridge the gap between the SFST and DEC/DRE programs by providing officers with general knowledge related to drug impairment and by promoting the use of DREs in states that have the DEC Program. One of the more significant aspects of ARIDE is the required student demonstration of the SFST proficiency requirement. The ARIDE program stresses the importance of the signs and symptoms of the seven drug categories. This course will train law enforcement officers to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities. This course will educate other criminal justice professionals (prosecutors, toxicologists, judges, etc.) to understand the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both, to enable them to effectively work with law enforcement in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities. ARIDE is a 16-hour training course and is taught by DRE instructors. The following summarizes the sessions contained in the ARIDE course: • Introduction and Overview of Drugs and Highway Safety • SFST Update, Review and Proficiency Examination • Observations of Eyes and other Sobriety Tests to Detect Alcohol and Drug Impairment • Seven Drug Categories • Effects of Drug Combinations • Pre- and Post-Arrest Procedures The training will be conducted under the administration and approval of the DEC/DRE program state coordinator. The ARIDE-course can be used as an SFST update. This course is designed to build on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test practitioner course. In order for the participant to effectively utilize the information presented in this course, NHTSA has set a prerequisite of SFST proficiency. The participant will receive a short review and update. All participants are required to pass an SFST proficiency evaluation. Failure to successfully complete the SFST proficiency evaluation will result in dismissal from class. REQUIREMENTS: • All participants MUST be SFST proficient. • Must submit TCLEDDS Report (TCOLE) reflecting 24 SFST course. • Must pass an SFST Proficiency and Course Assessment.
Notes: Cost: Free. Registration: http://www.cjcenter.org/idi/calendar/?mode=view&item=354 • Complete ARIDE training registration form. • There is NO registration fee for the ARIDE Course. The program is provided through grant funds from the Texas Department of Transportation and administrated by Sam Houston State University. • WALK-INS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Start Date: 3/7/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 3/8/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
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Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: SHSU Staff

3315 ALERRT- Active Shooter Level I Train-the-Trainer (40 hrs)
Description:The train the trainer course includes the complete delivery of the Active Shooter Level I course of study as well as instructional techniques and methodology for delivering the course, force on force scenario development, safety protocols and procedures, graded participant teach backs, graded participant led force on force scenarios, remediation, video debrief, course critiques, and evaluations. Participants are provided with all lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, student manuals, and related courseware so that they are immediately prepared to deliver the Active Shooter Level I course at their home agency.
Notes: Cost: Free. Prerequisite: Sworn law enforcement officer (preferred: experience in tactical, firearms, and/or law enforcement training) Required Equipment: Good attitude, open mind, pen and paper, duty gear, body armor, groin protection, and appropriate clothing for "force-on-force" training (i.e. long sleeve shirt, gloves, etc.) Head, eye, and throat protection will be provided by ALERRT.
Start Date: 3/13/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 3/17/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 24 Max
Location: League City Intermediate School, 2588 Webster St, League City, Texas
Instructor: ALERRT Senior Instructors

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
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Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

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
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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
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Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

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: 4/10/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 4/13/2017Time: 7:00:00 PM
Seats: Limited
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Rick Whitehead & Associates

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
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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
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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: 5/12/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 5/17/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 30 Max
Location: Jury Assembly Room, GC Justice Center
Instructor: Randy Harris

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
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Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

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
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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

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