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 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
2178 DWI Investigation & S.F.S.T. Practitioner Update (8 hrs) FULL
Description:This course is intended for Texas Peace Officers that find themselves investigating DWI’s and other impaired driving offenses. DWI investigations are complex investigations needing a very special attention to detail. This course is designed to educate the student on the importance of conducting a thorough investigation and what steps are needed to conduct the investigation. This course will explain the DWI arrest starting with the traffic stop and go through to a verdict in the case. This course will cover the SFST Update using the 2018 NHTSA SFST Manual. The students shall demonstrate their knowledge of this training by conducting an Intoxication Investigation using volunteers dosed with alcohol during a controlled wet lab. The student will be required to demonstrate SFST Proficiency during the controlled wet lab. The student must also pass a written exam. The goal of this course is to ultimately increase the effectiveness of DWI investigations and subsequent prosecution of the DWI offense in an effort to reduce the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries caused by intoxicated drivers.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-766-2550 with your valid name, agency, PID and valid email address for correspondence.
Start Date: 10/26/2019Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 10/26/2019Time: 9:00:00 PM
Seats: Class is full
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: Cpl. Jeremy Creech, Inv. Jacob Manuel and Trooper Dancewicz

6031 C.O.R.E.-Child Occupant Restraint Enforcement (4hrs)
Description:The Child Passenger Safety Basic Awareness Course was developed by cops for cops. The purpose of the CORE (Child Occupant Restraint Enforcement) course is to create an awareness of the importance of CPS (Child Passenger Safety) education and enforcement in preventing child passenger deaths and injuries. The goals of this course are to train officers on the current state laws regarding Child Passenger Seat Safety and the identification of misuse in child safety seats.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-766-2550 with your valid name, agency, PID and valid email address for correspondence.
Start Date: 11/5/2019Time: 1:00:00 PM
End Date: 11/5/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 10 Min/45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Michael Munson, TMPA

3208 Distracted Driving for Law Enforcement (4hrs)
Description:The purpose of the 4 hour course is to help law enforcement understand the risks associated with distracted driving. Law enforcement will realize the effect that distracted driving can have while operating emergency vehicles. The potentially tragic consequences of distracted driving should heighten law enforcement’s awareness and reshape their attitudes and beliefs to adapt a selfdisciplined standard of focused attention to safe driving—as well as influencing their peers, friends, and families
Notes: Cost: Free. To register contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-766-2550 with your valid name, agency, PID and valid email address for correspondence.
Start Date: 11/5/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/5/2019Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 10 Min/45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Michael Munson, TMPA

6031 C.O.R.E.-Child Occupant Restraint Enforcement (4hrs)
Description:The Child Passenger Safety Basic Awareness Course was developed by cops for cops. The purpose of the CORE (Child Occupant Restraint Enforcement) course is to create an awareness of the importance of CPS (Child Passenger Safety) education and enforcement in preventing child passenger deaths and injuries. The goals of this course are to train officers on the current state laws regarding Child Passenger Seat Safety and the identification of misuse in child safety seats.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-766-2550 with your valid name, agency, PID and valid email address for correspondence.
Start Date: 11/7/2019Time: 1:00:00 PM
End Date: 11/7/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 10 Min/45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Michael Munson, TMPA

3208 Distracted Driving for Law Enforcement (4hrs)
Description:The purpose of the 4 hour course is to help law enforcement understand the risks associated with distracted driving. Law enforcement will realize the effect that distracted driving can have while operating emergency vehicles. The potentially tragic consequences of distracted driving should heighten law enforcement’s awareness and reshape their attitudes and beliefs to adapt a selfdisciplined standard of focused attention to safe driving—as well as influencing their peers, friends, and families
Notes: Cost: Free. To register contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-766-2550 with your valid name, agency, PID and valid email address for correspondence.
Start Date: 11/7/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/7/2019Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 10 Min/ 45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Michael Munson, TMPA

2096 Advanced Search and Seizure (8 hrs)
Description:This is the premier Blue to Gold Course and the only Nationally Certified Training search and seizure training by IDALEST. This course is designed for experienced law enforcement officers who already possess knowledge and experience in search and seizure law.
Notes: Host course $127 register at www.Bluetogold.com/training
Start Date: 11/12/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/12/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Richard Bandiero, Blue to Gold

3283 Basic Gang investigation (8 hrs)
Description:This presentation will cover the common gang culture as seen on both the streets and in the correctional environment. Topics to include but not limited to; recognition & identification, the common gang types (street, prison, OMG’s), proper documentation, and the laws as they pertain to gang intelligence. The officer safety information included in this course could save your life! This course will be taught by veteran gang investigators from the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Texas City Police Department, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-766-2550 with your valid name, agency, PID and valid email address for correspondence.
Start Date: 11/12/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/12/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: Mid-County Annex, 9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway Building A Texas City, TX 77591
Instructor: Det. John Fernandez GCSO, Lt. Manuel Johnson TCPD & W.Allen Roush HCSO

2096 Advanced Search and Seizure for Narcotic Investigations (8 hrs)
Description:This course is perfect for proactive narcotics and street officers. Topics include undercover operations inside homes; executing drug warrants; knock and announce issues; and more.
Notes: Host course $127 register at www.Bluetogold.com/training
Start Date: 11/13/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/13/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Richard Bandiero, Blue to Gold

2096 Advanced Search and Seizure for Traffic Stops (8 hrs)
Description:This class picks up where Advanced Search & Seizure leaves off. You’ll learn about the many search and seizure issues you face when dealing with vehicles. Master traffic stops with this class.
Notes: Host course $127 register at www.Bluetogold.com/training
Start Date: 11/14/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/14/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Richard Bandiero, Blue to Gold

3286 Eyewitness Evidence/Identification (8 hrs)
Description:Eyewitness evidence is critical to the apprehension and prosecution of criminals. The goal of this curriculum is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of how the implementation of recommended protocols, or Best Practices, can improve the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness evidence. The recommendations, or Best Practices, assist in improving the police function in the identification process, including but not limited to: field identification procedures (show ups); properly instructing the witness prior to identification of suspects; the use of sequential lineups for both photo and live presentations for witness review; use of blind and double blind procedures for investigators presenting photo or live lineups; use of composite drawings or computer images; properly composing lineups; and recording and preserving identification results. Peace Officers performing the function of eyewitness identification, as designated by their agency, must first complete the Eyewitness Identification course (3286), beginning 01/01/18 (Rule 218.3(d)).
Notes: Cost: Free. To register contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-766-2550 with your valid name, agency, PID and valid email address for correspondence.
Start Date: 11/15/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/15/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5 Min/45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Detective Merle Remmert

2045 Patrol Procedures (16hrs)
Description:This class is designed to introduce deputies to the standard operating procedures of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office regarding patrol. Material will cover both policy and procedures. Unless taking this course as a refresher, an additional 40-hour field training (ride along) is required.
Notes: For GCSO Personnel only. Register with Cpl. Lucio Martinez
Start Date: 11/18/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/19/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5/45
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Deputy Dylan Bell, GCSO

3283 Basic Gang investigation (8 hrs)
Description:This presentation will cover the common gang culture as seen on both the streets and in the correctional environment. Topics to include but not limited to; recognition & identification, the common gang types (street, prison, OMG’s), proper documentation, and the laws as they pertain to gang intelligence. The officer safety information included in this course could save your life! This course will be taught by veteran gang investigators from the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Texas City Police Department, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Notes: Cost: Free. To register contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-766-2550 with your valid name, agency, PID and valid email address for correspondence.
Start Date: 11/19/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/19/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 50 Max
Location: Mid-County Annex, 9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway Building A Texas City, TX 77591
Instructor: Det. John Fernandez GCSO, Lt. Manuel Johnson TCPD & W.Allen Roush HCSO

355 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: 11/22/2019Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 11/22/2019Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

1849 De-escalation Techniques (SB 1849) (8 hrs)
Description:De-Escalation Techniques - This training module satisfies the TCOLE mandate following the passage of the Sandra Bland Act (SB 1849) by the Texas Legislature in 2017 requiring all Basic Proficiency Certified Texas Peace Officers to complete TCOLE #1849 every 48 months & all officers obtaining either an intermediate or advanced certificate. This module provides first responding police officers with the tools, skills, and options they need to successfully and safely defuse a range of critical incidents. Developed by PERF with input from hundreds of police professionals from across the United States, ICAT takes the essential building blocks of critical thinking, crisis intervention, communications, and tactics, and puts them together in an integrated approach to training. ICAT is designed especially for situations involving persons who are unarmed or are armed with weapons other than firearms, and who may be experiencing a mental health or other crisis. The training program is anchored by the Critical Decision-Making Model that helps officers assess situations, make safe and effective decisions, and document and learn from their actions. This training incorporates different skill sets into a unified training approach that emphasizes scenario-based exercises, as well as lecture and case study opportunities. This is an 8-hour TCOLE certified course available to your agency free of charge.
Notes: Cost: Free register at https://texaslawshield.secure.force.com/pmtx/evt__QuickEvent?id=a2z5A00000CxfUV
Start Date: 11/26/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/26/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 10 Min/45 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Mike Gurley, US Law Shield

4005 Latent Fingerprint Comparison-Advanced 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 exami-nations 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 presenta-tions. ABOUT THE COURSE Walter Henson retired as the Manager of the Fingerprint Processing Bureau after over 27 years with the Texas De-partment of Public Safety. His previous positions included; Automated Fingerprint Identification (A.F.I.S.) Project Assistant, LiveScan Coordinator for the State of Texas, and Forensic Scientist in the Latent Print Section at the DPS Crime Laboratory in Austin, Texas. Walter holds an instructor certifi-cation from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and has taught classes throughout the State on the Development and Comparison of Latent Prints. Walter has conducted advanced training clas-ses at the Texas DPS Academy and made presentations for the Texas Division of the International Association for Identification and the Texas Rangers. Walter has traveled extensively across the state conducting training classes on AFIS and LiveScan. He has been accepted as an expert witness on fingerprint identification and comparison in State and Federal Court. Walter is the past-president of the Texas Division of the International Association for Identification and has chaired several committees for the TDIAI. He is also a member of the AFIS-Internet Organization. Water continues to teach and consult across Texas and other states. Latent Fingerprint Comparison: Advanced Level Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series presented by Texas Forensic Associates Hosted by Galveston County Sheriff’s Office December 2nd - 6th, 2019 Location: 601 - 54th Street, Galveston TX Time: 8AM - 5PM WWW.TXFACT.COM YOU WILL LEARN THIS COURSE IS APPROVED FOR 40 HOURS CREDIT BY THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT THROUGH THE HOST AGENCY. PREREQUISITES: Student must have completed both a Basic (40 hrs.) and Intermediate (40 hrs.) Fingerprint Identification program, or have the instructor’s approval.
Notes: Host course. Cost $495. Register at www.txfact.com
Start Date: 12/2/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 12/6/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Walter Henson, Texas FACT, LLC

355 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: 12/5/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 12/5/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

355 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: 12/6/2019Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 12/6/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

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