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
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
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 7/29/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/29/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: Limted
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Small Training Room
Instructor: Sgt. Daniel Littlefield

7887 Interactive with Deaf and hard of Hearing Drivers (4 hrs)
Description:Law enforcement officers who enroll in this TCOLE mandated course will learn about using appropriate techniques to interact and communicate with drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing. They will receive practical training on how to effectively communicate by themselves but also learn when an interpreter may be required. As part of the course, officers will learn how to identify someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. They also will learn regulations for law enforcement agencies regarding deaf and hard of hearing individuals under the American with Disability Act.
Notes: Cost is Free. To register for GCSO courses contact Amber Burns at amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-763-7594 with your Name, PID, Agency and valid email address (for correspondence).
Start Date: 7/31/2017Time: 1:00:00 PM
End Date: 7/31/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5 Min/45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Sonia Khurana & Ricky Harris

3160 PATC Managing the Property & Evidence Room (15 hrs)
Description:This course will provide participants with a basic understanding for the legal and ethical requirements in order to properly operate a professional evidence/property management system. To familiarize fellow law enforcement professionals with the techniques and responsibilities involved in the function of a property room environment. Encourage one another to exchange ideas to improve the understanding and functionality of the property management system within their own agency.  Property Room Problems and Solutions  Policies and Procedures  Packaging  Security  Management Theories  Events and Trends  Property Room Layout  Storage Management  Documentation  Purging  Dispositions  Audits and Inventories  Miscellaneous Handouts and Sample Forms
Notes: Host course, register using the link. https://www.patc.com/training/register.php?ID=15003
Start Date: 8/1/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/2/2017Time: 4:00:00 PM
Seats: 45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Joseph Willis, PATC

4005 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

3322 Patrol Rifle (24 hrs) Class is Full
Description:This three-day live-fire course is designed to train the shooter to effectively deploy their patrol rifle and tests the shooter’s shooting abilities and decision making skills through numerous live fire drills. Deputies will become familiar with the types of situations that may require the use of a patrol rifle and learn how to effectively deploy it. Each student must be a licensed peace officer through TCOLE and be employed with an agency. This course consists of classroom lecture and a live-fire course. The student must successfully pass written test and the Patrol Rifle Skills course of fire to receive credit for the course; 24 TCOLE hours.
Notes: Cost: Free. Required equipment: Patrol rifle built on the AR-15 platform .223 Rem or 5.56 NATO, weapon mounted light, handheld flashlight, spare batteries, three 30 rounds magazines, rifle sling, handgun and duty holster, a minimum of 750 rounds rifle training ammunition (no tracer or green tip armorer piercing ammo), 100 rounds handgun training ammunition, eye and ear protection, appropriate clothing and safety gear for the firearms range. Ground cloth recommended.
Start Date: 8/9/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/11/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: Limited
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

1017 Advanced Instructor Development (40 hrs) CANCELED
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! More Information: Click Here!
Notes: CANCELED
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

40054 TFSA Forensic Photography II (40 hrs TCOLE credit)
Description:Once the investigator has mastered basic forensic photography, there are advanced skills and techniques that can allow for greater effectiveness in documenting crime scenes and physical evidence. Participants will learn photographic techniques such as low light/nighttime, ultraviolet, infrared, and laser photography. Course instruction is through lecture, case review, and application exercises. This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Forensic Photography II Course #40054. Prerequisite: Forensic Photography I or course equivalent
Notes: Cost: Free. Registration is through TEEX, https://teex.org/Pages/Class.aspx?course=FSA112&courseTitle=Forensic%20Photography%20II
Start Date: 8/14/2017Time: 3:00:00 PM
End Date: 8/18/2017Time: 11:00:00 PM
Seats: Limited
Location: Mid-County Annex, 9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway Building A Texas City, TX 77591
Instructor: Dan Zientek, TEEX

3829 Point of Contact Critical Wound Care (4 hrs)
Description:In today’s unpredictable and corrosive working environment, public safety first responders face many dangers, including increasingly high numbers of active shooter incidents resulting in critical injury to themselves, victims, witnesses, and suspects. The objective of this course is providing essential critical wound care at the point of injury and increasing survivability for first responders, while allowing them to “stay in the fight.” Certified tactical medics with years of experience “down range” will teach students comprehension of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and priority of actions required prior to providing essential emergency medical care, performance of the MARCH rapid trauma assessment protocol, recognition and control of bleeding from an extremity through proper application of tourniquets, control of hemorrhagic bleeding through use of hemostatic gauze, proper opening, clearing, and maintaining airways, assessment and treatment of a penetrating chest wound, and assessment and treatment for shock. All training is designed for first responders with little to no medical experience and is presented in an easy-to-learn format, ensuring students retain the information for use when it is critically needed. This course is essential for all public safety disciplines and members at all ranks. It is a 4-hour TCOLE certified course delivered free of charge.
Notes: Cost Free: register at www.leoseminar.com
Start Date: 8/22/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/22/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Texas US Law Shield Staff

3829 Point of Contact Critical Wound Care (4 hrs)
Description:In today’s unpredictable and corrosive working environment, public safety first responders face many dangers, including increasingly high numbers of active shooter incidents resulting in critical injury to themselves, victims, witnesses, and suspects. The objective of this course is providing essential critical wound care at the point of injury and increasing survivability for first responders, while allowing them to “stay in the fight.” Certified tactical medics with years of experience “down range” will teach students comprehension of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and priority of actions required prior to providing essential emergency medical care, performance of the MARCH rapid trauma assessment protocol, recognition and control of bleeding from an extremity through proper application of tourniquets, control of hemorrhagic bleeding through use of hemostatic gauze, proper opening, clearing, and maintaining airways, assessment and treatment of a penetrating chest wound, and assessment and treatment for shock. All training is designed for first responders with little to no medical experience and is presented in an easy-to-learn format, ensuring students retain the information for use when it is critically needed. This course is essential for all public safety disciplines and members at all ranks. It is a 4-hour TCOLE certified course delivered free of charge.
Notes: Cost Free: register at www.leoseminar.com
Start Date: 8/24/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/24/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Texas US Law Shield Staff

355 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: 8/25/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 8/25/2017Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instrcutors

57016 Calibre Press: Street Survival Seminar (16 hrs)
Description:Today’s Street Survival Seminar addresses law enforcement as the multi-faceted profession it has become. Rather than limiting our focus to just surviving deadly threats, we also discuss the need to prepare officers for making sound, legal and reasonable decisions under stress in order to preserve the lives of citizens as well as their own. The foundation of the program is understanding and training realistically for stress events. From driving too fast and using unwarranted amounts of force to ineffective communication and the inability to decompress off-duty, the seminar emphasizes the need to understand and manage stress as the key to professional and personal success. Calibre Press for the first time in its over 36 year history is owned by a law enforcement officer. Lt. Jim Glennon leads a cadre of Instructors who are some of the most experienced, dynamic and respected in our profession. The Street Survival Seminar continues presenting classic training points while also addressing current events issues impacting the profession through the use of lecture and up-to-date videos of police/citizen interactions. Finally, the Seminar emphasizes the need to understand people and communicate effectively as they embrace the role of civilian peace officers. The Seminar topics will include, but not be limited to, the following: Officer Safety: The Fatal Four Stress: Preparation & Training Roadway Dangers & Responsibilities Police Abuse Pre-attack Indicators 24/7 – 30 Criminal Patrol Confrontational Dynamics
Notes: Host course: $229, register using the link, https://secure.calibrepress.com/event-registration/?ee=1059
Start Date: 9/11/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/12/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 150 Max
Location: The San Luis Hotel, Spa and Conference Center, Mainsail Room, 5222 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77551
Instructor: Captain Steve Johnson, Calibre Press

3751 PATC Leading Behind the Badge (15hrs)
Description:Today’s public safety and criminal justice agencies need strong leaders and many of them. To meet the demands placed upon these agencies, leadership should be developed at all levels of the organization and all employees from the agency head and others down through the ranks to supervisors, trainers, officers, and civilian employees, should be inspired to act as leaders. The leadership challenge of developing excellence in yourself and others is built upon a well-established truth, “You cannot lead others until you can lead yourself.” Much of the leadership training today is geared more toward ability and proficiency in one’s profession. It often ignores the benefits of developing sound personal leadership principles in our personnel which serve as the foundation on which to build cohesiveness within an organization and enhance all other professional development. This course focuses on proven principles of personal leadership development. It offers a blueprint that will greatly impact and influence any new, current or future leader that true leadership excellence is about doing the right thing, setting the right example, serving as a positive role model and making a difference in the lives of others. “Leading Behind the Badge” is about sound human resource development that highlights the difference in an average organization or one that provides the “winning edge” in employee, staff and organizational development.
Notes: Host course: $295, register through https://www.patc.com/training/register.php?ID=14946
Start Date: 9/18/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/19/2017Time: 4:30:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: James Dodson, PATC

3343 Pepperball Instructor & Armorer's Course (16 hrs)
Description:PepperBall highly recommends that agencies wishing to deploy the Pepperball® System have at least one officer certified as a PepperBall Instructor/Armorer. After successfully completing the training course, the PepperBall Instructor is then qualified to train PepperBall users according to their agency’s policy. Please remember to register early. Deadline for registering is two weeks prior to the class. *SPECIAL OFFER Send two people for the price of one! $395 certifies one or two officers.
Notes: **HOST CLASS**For registration, please contact: Karen Buchholz p. (877) 887-3773 toll free training@pepperball.com
Start Date: 9/21/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/22/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 40 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: David Graham, Pepperball Technologies

2024 PATC Drug Investigations for Street Officers and New Investigators (20 Hours TCOLE credit)
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, register using the link, https://www.patc.com/training/register.php?ID=14945
Start Date: 9/25/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/27/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: John Kempf, PACT

3010 Behind the Line Leadership (2 hrs)
Description:On March 2, 2010, Lt. Stacy Ettel found himself at a crossroads of sorts, standing outside the window of a college student who had barricaded himself in student housing. Stacy was attempting to keep the young man from harming himself or others. In that moment, at that window, the course of Stacy's life would forever be changed. Stacy Ettel had come a long way from growing up an orphan in Florida. He had served his country in the Navy, become a law enforcement officer and had risen in the ranks. He was named Officer of the Year. He was Watch Commander during the high profile "Don't tase me bro" incident in 2007; and as a result developed curriculum about the enforcement of laws versus rules. He traveled the country instructing. He was promoted. He was in charge of events where he oversaw hundreds of officers. He was married, had children. He was the mentor of choice for troubled athletes - a father figure many of them had never had. Stacy Ettel had it all. And then came the call that changed everything. In this topical presentation, Deputy Stacy Ettel discusses this high-profile incident as well as his experience with laws versus rules. He examines and discusses how quickly your own career path, as well as your subordinates' can change based on the handling of media and social media. ** Please NOTE: This is NOT a sales presentation. It is an opportunity to hear about Deputy Ettel's experiences and discuss best practices. Agenda: 11:00 am Lunch Buffet Opens 11:30 am Deputy Stacy Ettel 12:30 pm Q & A with Stacy 1:00 pm Event concludes The Behind the Line Leadership Series provides perspective into, and exploration of, compelling incidents and topics in law enforcement. This series was developed by WatchGuard Video for current and future law enforcement leaders and offered at no cost to all law enforcement agencies and their officers.
Notes: Cost: Free. Registration is through WatchGuard Video, https://behindtheline_galveston.eventbrite.com
Start Date: 9/28/2017Time: 11:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/28/2017Time: 1:00:00 PM
Seats: 45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Stacy Ettel, Watchguard Video

355 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: 9/29/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 9/29/2017Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

4005 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

4018 Glock Armorer's Course (8 hrs)
Description:Learn how to safely use and maintain your weapon in a one day (8 hour) class. (To be eligible to take the Armorers Course you must be an active/retired law enforcement or military officer, private security, GLOCK Stocking Dealer/Range Program Employee or current GSSF member.)
Notes: Host course: $250, Register using link, https://www.glocktraining.com/RegWizard.aspx?classid=104537
Start Date: 10/24/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/24/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: TBD

4018 Glock Advanced Armorer's Course (16 hrs)
Description:Two day (16 hour) class that goes beyond the basic armorers course and discusses advanced maintenance and service issues for the GLOCK pistol. (Current armorers with at least 2 years’ experience are eligible for the Advanced Armorers Course (AA).)
Notes: Host course: $350, Register using link, https://www.glocktraining.com/RegWizard.aspx?classid=104538
Start Date: 10/25/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/26/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: TBD

78016 TEEX Advanced Collision Investigation (80 hrs)
Description:Experienced crash investigators may enhance their level of understanding of collision investigation through this advanced course. Participants will learn new formulas and skills to better evaluate and investigate accidents. Although it is ideal for officers who routinely investigate and specialize in major injury and fatality collision investigations, it is also appropriate for patrol officers who frequently investigate collisions to complete this course. This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Course #78016.
Notes: Cost: $750, Host course, register using the link https://teex.org/Pages/Class.aspx?course=AIR545&courseTitle=Advanced%20Collision%20Investigation
Start Date: 10/30/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/10/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Carl Meaux

78017 TEEX Collision Reconstruction (80 hrs)
Description:Experienced collision investigators seeking to master the complexities of analyzing traffic collisions and reconstruct the events should attend this course. The course expands on the fundamentals of crash investigation with special emphasis on crash reconstruction. Critical thinking skills are sharpened to enable the trained crash investigator to analyze and understand evidence found at the crash scene. Momentum, principle direction of force, Delta-V, vector analysis, and time/distance are highlighted in this course. Case studies, many based on crash tests with known quantities as a guide, are used to illustrate major learning points. This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements for Course #78017.
Notes: Cost: $1,000, Host course, register using the link https://teex.org/Pages/Class.aspx?course=AIR550&courseTitle=Collision%20Reconstruction
Start Date: 1/8/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 1/19/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: TBD

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