Kilgore College’s East Texas Police Academy will host a Basic Peace Officer Course graduation ceremony Feb. 20 for the 323rd class of the ETPA.

The graduation, set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, will be held in the Devall Ballroom on the Kilgore campus.

The BPOC is an intensive 775-hour licensing course. Following successful completion of the BPOC, students meeting the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) licensing requirements are eligible to take the peace officer licensing test.

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Graduation candidates

■ Brad Barthol: Sponsored by San Augustine Co. Sheriff’s Office

■ Laura Barton: Sponsored by Smith Co. Fire Marshal’s Office

■ Caleb Caldwell:Sponsored by Marshall PD

■ Blake Dickerson: Sponsored by Longview PD

■ James Hemphill: Sponsored by Van PD

■ Mario Ponce: Sponsored by Marshall PD

■ Charles Taylor: Sponsored by Kilgore PD

■ Jaylin Thornton: Sponsored by Longview PD

■ Kyle Tucker: Sponsored by Longview PD

■ Rodney Vorndam: Sponsored by Boerne PD

About the ETPA

The ETPA is dedicated to meeting the pre-service and in-service training needs of the officers, agencies and communities of Northeast Texas and has provided law enforcement training since the academy’s inception in 1966. ETPA provides a huge array of classes throughout the East Texas Council of Governments and Ark-Tex Council of Governments service delivery areas. The academy strives to provide the most progressive, professional, and effective law enforcement training possible.


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