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 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
3702/3718 Advanced FTO & Program Administrator (40 hrs)
Description:This course is not about a “program” but about the awesome responsibility of the job. Geared to new, current FTO’s, FTO supervisors and Administrators. We combine FTO, Leadership, Instructor Development, Teaching and Learning styles, Program structure, Liability, etc. It’s applicable to LE, Fire/EMS, Communications, and Corrections. Agencies use this class for FTO Certification, to get their team “on the same page” about training, and/or to modify or build their FTO program. Credit is given as Advanced FTO or Basic Certification depending on attendees need.
Notes: Host Course: This is four 10-hour days, at $349 per seat. We are not in the classroom all 10 hours as there is a little homework each night so I factor that time into the class. Register at http://rickwhitehead.com/
Start Date: 7/11/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/14/2016Time: 6:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Rick Whitehead & Associates

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: 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: 7/12/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/12/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 45 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

3855 Basic Fingerprint Identification (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 punish-ment (pen packet testimony) is included. Note: This course does not include work with latent prints.
Notes: Texas Forensic Associates hosted course. Registration and payment will be handled by TFA at www.txfact.com or (903) 922-0057 or (903) 724-9883
Start Date: 7/18/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/22/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Texas Forensic Associates- Walter Henson

4066 Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury (4 hrs)
Description:This is the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) mandated Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury #4066 training course offered for Texas Peace Officers. This important course details Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury, definitions of types of brain injuries and instructs Texas Peace Officers on the proper communication techniques. Additionally, this course presents the difference between Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury.
Notes: To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us .
Start Date: 7/22/2016Time: 1:00:00 PM
End Date: 7/18/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 15 Min/50 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Gabi Teal, Public Health and Prevention Specialist, Office of Acquired Brain Injury, Health and Human Services Commission

4066 Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury (4 hrs)
Description:This is the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) mandated Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury #4066 training course offered for Texas Peace Officers. This important course details Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury, definitions of types of brain injuries and instructs Texas Peace Officers on the proper communication techniques. Additionally, this course presents the difference between Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury.
Notes: To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us .
Start Date: 7/22/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/18/2016Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 15 Min/50 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Gabi Teal, Public Health and Prevention Specialist, Office of Acquired Brain Injury, Health and Human Services Commission

3031 Background Investigations Course (16 hrs)
Description:This course gives the Background Investigator all the tools to conduct an effective vetting process to ensure only the best applicants are hired. Administrators will gain a thorough exposure of the requisite needs on which to build their Backgrounds Section. We tailor each presentation to the jurisdictions represented in the class in regards to applicable state requirements. Many agencies unknowingly ask illegal questions during their investigation. We will review your forms to ensure you are not one of them.
Notes: Host Course: This is two 8-hour days, at $249 per seat. Register at http://rickwhitehead.com/
Start Date: 7/25/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/26/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Rick Whitehead & Associates

3275 Missing and Exploited Children (Intermediate) (8 hrs)
Description:This course is intended as an introduction to issues related to responding to and investigating missing and exploited children cases. This course is a mandated course for Intermediate/Advanced Peace Officer certification.
Notes: To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us .
Start Date: 7/27/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/27/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez & Alfreda Whitaker

2029 Interviewing Skills & Techniques (8 hrs)
Description:This class is intended to give those tasked with interviewing witnesses, suspects, or applicants the knowledge and skills to better read and assess them, and therefore make a better, more informed decision as to this person’s veracity.
Notes: Host Course: This is an 8-hour day at $149 per seat. ($99 if done in conjunction with Backgrounds or Statement Analysis) Register at http://rickwhitehead.com
Start Date: 7/27/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/27/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Rick Whitehead & Associates

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: To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 7/29/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/29/2016Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 45 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. This course is mandatory for all peace officers and must be completed by August 31, 2017.
Notes: To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 7/29/2016Time: 1:00:00 PM
End Date: 7/29/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

2020 Solving Homicide (P.A.T.C.) ( 20 hrs)
Description:Law enforcement agencies are tasked with investigating crimes against persons, to include sexual and non-sexual homicides, rape and abductions. The demand on the investigative abilities of law enforcement officers is put to the test to solve such heinous crimes. The goal of this high impact, interactive 2 ½ day course is to provide the participant with the knowledge, tools and investigative steps necessary to conduct thorough investigations. To achieve this goal, the course will cover the key topical areas listed below. Additionally, the participants will be conducting actual case studies, reviewing crime scene photographs, participating in case practicums, utilizing investigative checklists and applying investigative techniques.
Notes: Host Course: To register contact www.patc.com
Start Date: 8/2/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/4/2016Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Wayne Sheppard, P.A.T.C.

3268 SAFVIC Human Trafficking (8 hrs)
Description:This 8-hour course is designed to provide law enforcement officers around the state with the tools they need to effectively investigate and prevent human trafficking.
Notes: Register at www.safvic.org
Start Date: 9/12/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/12/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Gary Teeler, TMPA/SAFVIC

3327 SureFire Low Light Instructor/Operator Course Level I ( 20 hrs)
Description:The purpose of the training class is to expose the student to the proper use of the flashlight and weapon in a low light environment, use of force techniques, force on force entry situations and building searching technique and threat identification. The Surefire Institute has been the leader in flashlight training and instructor development. Students will receive discounts on all future SureFire purchases.
Notes: Host Course. To register contact SureFire Institute at https://www.surefireinstitute.com/schedule
Start Date: 9/20/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/21/2016Time: 6:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: SureFire Institute Training Staff

3267 SAFVIC for Telecommunication Professionals (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.
Notes: Register at www.safvic.org
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

2051 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: Host Course: This is two 8-hour days, at $199 per seat. Register at http://rickwhitehead.com/
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

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 www.patc.com
Start Date: 10/24/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/28/2016Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: TBD. PA.T.C.

57120 Bulletproof Warrior Presented by Calibre Press (16 hrs)
Description:Led by two of the nation's top trainers, this two-day training event is designed to prepare students psychologically, emotionally, and tactically for their roles as law enforcement professionals in modern society. Participants will examine the current relationship between law enforcement and the community they are sworn to protect while also identifying the most current threats to both. Finally, officers will learn how their attitudes and personal perspectives could mean the difference between life and death in both violent confrontations and living as a law enforcement officer on and off the job. Click Here for More Information
Notes: Hosted course. Click on the link above for more information.
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. Col. Dave Grossman & Lt. Jim Glennon

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