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
3855 Palm Print Recognition and Identification (24 hrs)
Description:This course is for criminal justice personnel, officers and laboratory technicians who work with fric-tion ridge evidence. A basic knowledge of fingerprint recognition and identification is required. No previous experience working with palm prints is necessary. The objective is to train the student in the recognition and identification of the friction ridge detail present on the palms. PREREQUISITE: The student must have completed a Basic Fingerprint Identification (40 hrs.) class prior to attending this program.
Notes: Host course. Cost $345. Register at www.txfact.com
Start Date: 6/24/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 6/26/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Dan Reigstad, Texas FACT, LLC

2109 Spanish for Law Enforcement (24 hrs)
Description:An important duty for a criminal justice professional is gathering information during field interviews. One must be able to ask questions and be prepared to interpret the responses given by Hispanic people. This chapter will provide tips for identifying oneself and on how to ask questions necessary for establishing events, gathering details about times and dates, finding witnesses, and obtaining the description of suspects or victims. This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements #2109 This course is a TCOLE mandated intermediate course for Peace officers, Jailers and Telecommunicators.
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: 6/26/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 6/28/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5/45
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Deputy Juan Pena

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: 6/28/2019Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 6/26/2019Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

3843 CIT Update (8 hrs)
Description:Those holding a BASIC PEACE OFFICER Certificate or no certificate will be required to have CIT Update Course. This Crisis Intervention Refresher training provides a review of the key concepts, safety techniques, and communication skills initially taught in the crisis intervention section (Chapter 27) of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Basic Peace Officer Curriculum.
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: 7/2/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/2/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5/30
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Lt. Margo Ihde

7887 Interactive with Deaf and hard of Hearing Drivers (4 hrs)
Description:Law enforcement officers who enroll in this TCOLE mandated course will learn about using appropriate techniques to interact and communicate with drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing. They will receive practical training on how to effectively communicate by themselves but also learn when an interpreter may be required. As part of the course, officers will learn how to identify someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. They also will learn regulations for law enforcement agencies regarding deaf and hard of hearing individuals under the American with Disability Act. This course satisfies requirements for Intermediate Peace Officer Proficiency Certification if licensed after 03/01/2016 , must be completed within two years of licensing, if not taken in BPOC.
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: 7/2/2019Time: 1:00:00 PM
End Date: 7/2/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5/45
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Sonia Khurana & Ricky Harris

1850 Crisis Intervention Training (40 hrs)
Description:This course provides the key concepts, safety techniques and communication skills for peace officers to use when they respond to individuals in a serious mental health crisis. It covers the legal aspects of mental health commitments, liability issues, mental disorders, and mental disabilities. In addition, it deals with a variety of developmental disabilities including epilepsy, cerebral palsy and hearing impairments. Other areas covered include: • indicators of mental illness • understanding mental illness • documenting the interpersonal relations necessary to effectively work with the mentally ill, their families, and the mental health system • intervention strategies for dealing with low and high risk situations The former 16-hour Crisis Intervention Training ceased to exist on April 1, 2018. For officers licensed after April 1, 2018, who have not had this new Crisis Intervention Training as part of their BPOC, this is a required course and must be taken within two years of license issuance. For officers who were licensed before April 1, 2018, this is a required course to be completed no later than the second anniversary of the date the officer is licensed or the date an officer applies for an intermediate or advanced proficiency certificate or advanced , whichever date is earlier.
Notes: Registration for GCSO personnel only at this time.
Start Date: 7/15/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/19/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 10/20
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Lt. Margo Ihde & Sgt. David Alcala

3301 P2 Concepts Basic SWAT (60 hrs)
Description:This course is a 60-hour Basic SWAT School and will provide students with the basic understanding of SWAT tactics and procedures. This course will focus on the basic concepts of SWAT operations, to include: History and philosophy, physical fitness, liability issues, operational planning and deployment, team movements, tactical firearms, chemical agents, mechanical and shotgun breaching, diversionary devices, hand to hand combatives, tactical combat casualty care, hostage operations, vehicle takedowns, high risk warrant service, and barricaded persons.
Notes: Cost: $400 Register https://p2-concepts.com/event/basic-swat-league-city-texas/
Start Date: 7/15/2019Time: 7:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/19/2019Time: 7:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: Robbie Allmon, P2 Concepts, LLC

2050 P2 Concepts Advanced SWAT Course (60 hrs)
Description:Designed to focus on the enhancement of the basic skills covered in Basic SWAT and the development of competencies necessary to conduct specialized missions. Topics, such as hostage rescue, vehicle assaults, high risk warrant service, and tubular assaults will be covered in great detail. Students will also be trained in developing both Operational Plans and After Action Reports. Students will be assigned to a team and will conduct challenging team building exercises daily that will focus on physical agility and decision making skills. Assessments will be made throughout the week through practical application, reality based scenarios (force on force), and a final FTX on the last day. Required gear list, all tactical related equipment to include, but not limited to: Entry vest / plate carrier with magazine pouches Rifle with sling and at least 3 magazines (rifle must be sighted in) Pistol with at least 3 magazines Duty belt with holster and magazine pouches Helmet (ballistic or bump) Handheld light(s) and weapon mounted lights 600 rifle rounds - live fire 200 pistol rounds - live fire Eye and ear protection Weapon cleaning kit Personal protective gear for force on force (face and groin protection) Prerequisite Current LE / Mil / Gov Credentials Must show proficiency in firearms with duty pistol and rifle Must be in good physical condition Must be able to participate in intensive training lasting up to 12 hours per day Must not have any medical restrictions Must have attended a Basic SWAT course
Notes: Cost: $400 Register at https://p2-concepts.com/event/advanced-swat-league-city-texas-2/
Start Date: 7/22/2019Time: 7:00:00 AM
End Date: 7/26/2019Time: 7:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: Robbie Allmon, P2 Concepts, 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: 7/26/2019Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 7/26/2019Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

1850 Crisis Intervention Training (40 hrs)
Description:This course provides the key concepts, safety techniques and communication skills for peace officers to use when they respond to individuals in a serious mental health crisis. It covers the legal aspects of mental health commitments, liability issues, mental disorders, and mental disabilities. In addition, it deals with a variety of developmental disabilities including epilepsy, cerebral palsy and hearing impairments. Other areas covered include: • indicators of mental illness • understanding mental illness • documenting the interpersonal relations necessary to effectively work with the mentally ill, their families, and the mental health system • intervention strategies for dealing with low and high risk situations The former 16-hour Crisis Intervention Training ceased to exist on April 1, 2018. For officers licensed after April 1, 2018, who have not had this new Crisis Intervention Training as part of their BPOC, this is a required course and must be taken within two years of license issuance. For officers who were licensed before April 1, 2018, this is a required course to be completed no later than the second anniversary of the date the officer is licensed or the date an officer applies for an intermediate or advanced proficiency certificate or advanced , whichever date is earlier.
Notes: Registration for GCSO personnel only at this time.
Start Date: 8/5/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/9/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 10/20
Location: GCSO Jail - Large Training Room
Instructor: Lt. Margo Ihde & Sgt. David Alcala

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 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 court-room demeanor. The class will then participate in an introduction to moot court presentations. PREREQUISITES: Student must have completed a Basic Fingerprint Identification class (40 hrs.) prior to attendance, or have the instructor’s approval.
Notes: Host course. Cost $495. Register at www.txfact.com
Start Date: 8/5/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/9/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Walter Henson, Texas FACT, LLC

4011 Forensic Digital Photography: UV / IR Applications (24 hrs)
Description:This is a hands-on course designed to introduce and instruct students in the forensic application of Ultra-Violet and Infrared Photography. This class features the Fuji XT1IR digital camera. The camera and required accessories are provided for use in the class. The program utilizes extensive practical exercises with the camera to build a student skill set in photographing Latent Fingerprints, Gunshot Residue, Blood-stains, Bodily Fluids, Forged Documents, Bruises and Bite Mark Evidence. PREREQUIRES: The student must have completed a basic digital photography class and understand the operation of a digital camera in manual and priority mode.
Notes: $495 early registration/$595 After July 25, 2019. Register at www.txfact.com
Start Date: 8/19/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 8/21/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Rudy Flores, TXFACT

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: 8/30/2019Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 8/30/2019Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

Court Security Specialist Certification Training (40hrs)
Description:Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Court Security Specialist Certification Training Classes. Day 1: Introduction to Court Security (4 hours, TCOLE Course 21001) Bailiff Functions in Court Security (4 hours, TCOLE Course 21002) Day 2: Court Security Screening Basics (8 hours, TCOLE course 21003) Day 3: Explosives Recognition and Awareness (4 hours, TCOLE Course 21004) Introduction to Court Security Technology (4 hours, TCOLE Course 21005) ***Day 4: Court Security Practical Exercise Students will need to bring their empty duty rig. NO weapons or ammunition. (8 hours, TCOLE Course 21006) ***Day 5: Court Security Practical Firearms Students will need to bring 200 rounds of ammunition for their duty handgun and their duty rig. (8 hours, TCOLE Course 21007)
Notes: REGISTER ONLINE: www.courtsecurityconcepts.com Tuition: $375.00 per student (Single Classes $37.50 4 hr class, $75.00 8 hr class) Completion of all classes will satisfy the training requirements necessary to apply for the Court Security Specialist Certification from TCOLE.
Start Date: 9/2/2019Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/6/2019Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: Jury Assembly Room, GC Justice Center
Instructor: Randy Harris

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

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