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
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,
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)-CANCELED
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: CANCELED as of 08/28/2017
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 GCSO Personnel Only
Start Date: 9/29/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/29/2017Time: 8:00:00 PM
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
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

3031 PATC Recruiting, Hiring and Officer Retention (20 hrs)
Description:The Recruiting, Hiring and Officer Retention course is segmented into four distinct training modules. The Recruiting module will train the hiring officer/personnel on how to attract the best talent pool with diversity in mind. Next, the Hiring module will discuss how to effectively work with Human Resources in order to conduct testing and interviewing. The Background investigation module will then teach the individual how to properly administer a background investigation on potential job candidates. The final training module is Retention, after you hire the individual, the best methods of to retain the talent will be detailed.
Notes: Cost: $325, registration through PATC
Start Date: 10/22/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/24/2017Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Harvey Finkel, PATC

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,
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,
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
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

2106 Crime Scene Investigation (40 hrs)
Description:This course shall present instruction in search techniques and processing of evidence from the crime scene to the court room. Latent fingerprints, crime scene photography, chart preparation and legal matters are among the topics covered. The goal shall be to improve the competency of the investigator in searching for, recovering and processing physical evidence at the crime scene This course satisfies requirements for TCOLE course 2106 - Crime Scene Search
Notes: Cost: Free. To register for the course contact Amber Burns at 409-763-7594 or
Start Date: 12/11/2017Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 12/15/2017Time: 5:00:00 PM
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: GCSO Staff Instructors

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
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

4005Palm Print Comparison Techniques (24 hrs)
Description:The purpose of this three day workshop is to substantially improve the ability of the latent print examiner to conduct latent print comparisons in a more time and cost efficient manner. This workshop is designed to benefit examiners at all expertise levels from the new trainee to the latent print supervisor. The practical exercises have been prepared in such a manner that each student will be working with material equal to their level of expertise and progress to more difficult assignments. I.A.I Approved Training Hours: This course provides 24 training hours and is approved for IAI Certification and Recertification.
Notes: Cost: $400, register at
Start Date: 1/22/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 1/24/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Jamie Bush, Ron Smith & Associates

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