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
2105 Child Abuse Prevention and Investigation (24 hrs)
Description:This course is designed to give the student a better understanding of the offense of child abuse. Topics include the history of child abuse, symptoms and effects of child abuse, and the investigation thereof. This course satisfies the TCOLE requirement for 2105 for the Intermediate Peace Officer certificate.
Notes: All days must be attended to receive TCOLE credit. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us .
Start Date: 8/29/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
End Date: 9/2/2016Time: 10:00:00 PM
Seats: 30 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Detective Gregory Hayes

3702 Field Training Officer ( 24 hrs)
Description:This course teaches how to provide supervised field training for new recruits in any law enforcement discipline. The goal is to transition the recruit from a classroom setting to an actual hands-on assignment. The course includes training in instructional techniques, coaching and evaluation, remedial training and record keeping. The course is designed to provide training guidance and training aspects to future Field Training Officers in the area of law enforcement, including peace officers, jailers, telecommunication operators, correction officers, public service officers, etc. This course also introduces and teaches the student the History and Purpose of Field Training, Training Methodologies and Techniques, Counseling, the Evaluation Process, and the importance of Documentation. Each student must demonstrate (evaluated at the end of the course) the basic knowledge required to effectively apply all applications of the training.
Notes: To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 8/29/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/31/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 20 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Sgt. Michael Bell

2106 Crime Scene Investigation (40 hrs)
Description:Proper crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and documentation are key components to any criminal investigation. This course provides participants with information, techniques, and methods for conducting investigations ranging from general crime scene investigations to death investigations. Course instruction is through lecture and case review with emphasis on practical application.
Notes: To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 9/12/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/16/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 20 max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Sgt. Michael Bell

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

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: To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
Start Date: 9/20/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/20/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 30 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Sgt. Daniel Littlefield

3327 SureFire Low Light Instructor/Operator Course Level I ( 20 hrs)-POSTPONED
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: POSTPONED. 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

SO POST Training
Description:Click Here for Descriptions
Notes: Contact Your Division Commander for Approval
Start Date: 9/22/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/22/2016Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Lynda Walker, Amanda Shirey, Alfreda Whitaker

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: 9/30/2016Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 9/30/2016Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

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

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 amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
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 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

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 amber.burns@co.galveston.tx.us
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 www.patc.com
Start Date: 10/24/2016Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/28/2016Time: 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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