Information for Police Departments
Police Officers are certified by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and
Training Commission (MPOETC) when they meet the criteria listed below.
Basic Training Requirements
complete Certification Exam
Certification Qualifications (for employment)
by a Police Department
Departments submit either a Basic
Training Application or a Waiver of
Training Application in TACS for
each non-certified individual they employ.
As part of the employment process, the Department must verify the person
meets the qualifications established in Title 37 § 203 Subchapter B. (Police Officer
Certification Requirements) and submit the appropriate documents to MPOETC in
employment requirements include:
and approves all applications for training as well as applications for
certification (Basic/Waiver). Once
officers are certified, MPOETC monitors the qualification and training status
of the officers and provides notices to departments when an officer is going to
expire on a particular training/qualification requirement. Police Departments are responsible for
ensuring all officers are current and for keeping accurate records in TACS
regarding employment, qualifications, and training.
Departments use TACS for all personnel certification actions including hiring
certified officers, separating officers, and placing officers in temporary
leave status. More information about
these functions is available in TACS on the HELP page.