The Fort Worth Police Department’s Training Academy is governed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). The mission of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, as a regulatory State agency, is to establish and enforce standards to ensure that the people of Texas are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement, corrections, and telecommunications personnel. TCOLE is a state agency created by an act of the 59th Legislature—Senate Bill (SB) 236 which became effective on August 30, 1965. The Commission is powered by legislation to create rules for the administration—Chapter 1701, Occupations Code
Per Section 1701.151. General Powers of Commission; Rulemaking Authority, the commission may:
(1) adopt rules for the administration of this chapter and for the commission’s internal management and control;
(2) establish minimum standards relating to competence and reliability, including education, training, physical, mental, and moral standards, for licensing as an officer, county jailer, or public security officer;
(3) report to the governor and legislature on the commission’s activities, with recommendations on matters under the   jurisdiction, and make other reports that the commission considers desirable;
(4) require a state agency or a county, special district, or municipality in this state that employs officers or county jailers to submit reports and information;

(5) contract as the commission considers necessary for services, facilities, studies, and reports required for:
(A) cooperation with municipal, county, special district, state, and
(B) federal law enforcement agencies in training programs; and
(6) conduct research and stimulate research by public and private agencies to improve law enforcement and police administration.

Fort Worth Police Department TCOLE Advisory Board
The TCOLE Advisory Board is comprised of citizens and sworn officers who are legislatively mandated (Occupations Code Section 1701.252/ TCOLE Rules 215) to meet once per year to review and accept current and potential training to Fort Worth Police Department personnel.

Training Requirements
The TCOLE training requirements are broken down into four-year cycles. Each of these cycles is then broken down into two two-year units. It is in each of these two-year units that the 40-hour requirement applies. During each cycle, TCOLE mandates certain courses that all Peace Officers must attend.

Proficiency Certification Requirements
Basic Proficiency Certificate:
CRT 01.003 Basic Peace Officer Proficiency Certification Chart 12.22.2020.pdf (

Intermediate Proficiency Certificate:
 CRT 02.007 Intermediate Peace Officer Proficiency Certification Chart 12.22.2020.pdf (
Advanced Proficiency Certificate:
CRT 03.006 Advanced Peace Officer Proficiency Certification Chart 12.22.2020.pdf (

Masters Proficiency Certificate:
 CRT 16.001 Master Peace Officer Proficiency Certificate Chart 12.16.2019_1.pdf (


Mission Statement

The Fort Worth Police Department exists to safeguard the lives and property of those we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety through partnering and building trust with the community. We strive to accomplish our mission by conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards, respecting the sanctity of human life, and preserving the rights and dignity of each individual in our diverse community.