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 Sheriffs 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
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 procedure. Unless taking this course as a refresher, an additional 40-hour field training (ride along) is required. This class is REQUIRED according to SO policy for approval to work extra jobs.
Notes: Cost is Free. Course if for GCSO Personnel Only. Cost is Free. To register contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-766-2550
Start Date: 9/24/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/25/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 5/45
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Cpl. David Galindo

3343 Sabre Chemical Aerosol Projector (Pepper Spray) Instructor (8 hrs)
Description:This 1-day (8 hour) Instructor level certification program focuses on the Deploying, Handling, and Documenting the use of Chemical Aerosols. Medical issues and legal liability will be addressed. This course will enhance the instructor’s development in the use and training of aerosols tactics and will help protect departments from costly litigation issues that could arise from the use of aerosol projectors. This program addresses proper deployment techniques, complete arsenal of available aerosols and situational requirement, recommended contamination drills, decontamination, properly reporting force and tactics for surviving an Aerosol Attack. This course fully addresses all aspects of using Chemical Aerosol Projectors. Certified instructors receive an instructor manual and student PowerPoint to use when teaching end user classes. This certification is valid for three calendar years from successfully completing this course. TOPICS COVERED IN THIS PROGRAM INCLUDE: • Oleoresin Capsicum Formulations / Carriers • Operational Guidelines / Practical Exercises • Projectors / Propellants / Delivery Systems • Instructor Development • Effectiveness / Safety / Liability Factors • Inter-graded Use of Force Options • Criteria for Selection • Deployment Methods • Sample Policy and Procedures • Tactics for Surviving an OC Attack • Officer Survival Techniques • Contamination Exercises * • Decontamination / First Aid – NEW SABRE DECON WILL BE USED
Notes: Cost $150 register at https://www.sabrered.com/law-enforcement-training-classes
Start Date: 9/27/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 9/27/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 25 Max
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Al Wesenick, Sabre

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: 9/28/2018Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 9/28/2018Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

2178 DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Refresher (8 Hours TCOLE credit)
Description:The DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) training curriculum prepares police officers and other qualified persons to conduct the SFSTs for use in DWI investigations. This training, developed under the auspices and direction of NHTSA and IACP, has experienced remarkable success since its inception in the early 1980s. The SFST Refresher Training Program focuses on enforcement of alcohol impaired driving. The goal of this course is to ultimately increase deterrence of DWI violations; thereby reducing the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries caused by impaired drivers.
Notes: Cost is Free. To register contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-766-2550
Start Date: 10/9/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/9/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 15
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Jeremy Creech

2178 DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Refresher (8 Hours TCOLE credit)
Description:The DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) training curriculum prepares police officers and other qualified persons to conduct the SFSTs for use in DWI investigations. This training, developed under the auspices and direction of NHTSA and IACP, has experienced remarkable success since its inception in the early 1980s. The SFST Refresher Training Program focuses on enforcement of alcohol impaired driving. The goal of this course is to ultimately increase deterrence of DWI violations; thereby reducing the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries caused by impaired drivers.
Notes: Cost is Free. To register contact Cpl. Lucio Martinez at lucio.martinez@co.galveston.tx.us or 409-766-2550
Start Date: 10/11/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/11/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 15
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Jeremy Creech

GCSO POST Training
Description:For GCSO Personnel Only
Notes: Registration is through Division Commanders
Start Date: 10/15/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/15/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: Limited
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

3185 85th Legislative Session Legal Update (4 hrs)
Description:This class instructs law enforcement officers in the changes and updates to the law as occurred during the 85th Legislative Session of the Texas Congress. This class is mandatory for Peace Officers.
Notes: Cost: Free register at https://texaslawshield.secure.force.com/events/leoEventList?leo=true
Start Date: 10/19/2018Time: 1:00:00 PM
End Date: 10/19/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 10/45
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Michael Gurley, Texas US Law Shield

3185 85th Legislative Session Legal Update (4 hrs)
Description:This class instructs law enforcement officers in the changes and updates to the law as occurred during the 85th Legislative Session of the Texas Congress. This class is mandatory for Peace Officers.
Notes: Cost: Free register at https://texaslawshield.secure.force.com/events/leoEventList?leo=true
Start Date: 10/19/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/19/2018Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 10/45
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Michael Gurley, Texas US Law Shield

2095 Calibre Press: Constitutional Use of Force (8 hrs) CANCELED
Description:From the streets, to IA, to the Courtroom, learn where officers fall short on their understanding of the law, documenting their actions and minimizing the chance of being successfully sued. Using real life examples, you’ll apply constitutional law and best practice while addressing the claims that may be made against you. Discover the Science of Police and Human Performance under Stress. Using real incidents, you’ll learn the mind and body’s limitations and normal response when using force. This course is constantly evolving and delivers video recorded current incidents, case studies, and small group discussion: ➢Constitutional and Relevant Laws: ▪ Reality v. Myths ▪ Graham v. Connor ▪ Case studies ➢ Human Factors: ▪ What does the research tell us? ▪ Physiologic Responses to Stress ▪ Perceptual Distortions ➢ Excessive Force: ▪ Public Perception ▪ Cost to an Agency ➢ Use of Video Recording: ▪ Public Perception and Video Analysis ▪ Limitations ➢ Deadly Force: ▪ Constitutional limitations ▪ Statements ▪ Investigative Process ➢ Electronic Control Weapons: ▪ Drive Stun v. Dart Mode ▪ Taser, Baton, OC, etc.
Notes: CANCELED BY PROVIDER 09/18/2018
Start Date: 10/23/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/23/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: Jury Assembly Room, GC Justice Center
Instructor: Sergeant Jim Schlicher, Calibre Press

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/events/leoEventList?leo=true
Start Date: 10/24/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 10/24/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 10/45
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Mike Gurley, Texas US Law Shield

GCSO POST Training
Description:For GCSO Personnel Only
Notes: Registration us through Division Commanders
Start Date: 11/8/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/8/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: Limted
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

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: 11/9/2018Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 11/9/2018Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

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 examinations 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 presentations. Prerequisites: Each student must have completed Basic and Intermediate Fingerprint Identification prior to attendance.
Notes: Cost: Host course $495 early registration, $595 @ the door www.txfact.com
Start Date: 11/12/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/16/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: Limted
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Walter Henson, Texas Forensic Associates

2045 P2 Concepts Advanced Patrol Tactics (24hrs)
Description:With today’s increasing threats against Law Enforcement, it’s paramount law enforcement officers receive the necessary training to handle any situation that arises. The Advanced Patrol Tactics course is a reality based force on force course specifically designed for patrol officers interested in learning how to deploy advanced tactics when responding to various high stress situations encountered in a patrol environment. Learning objectives that will be covered in the Advanced Patrol Tactics course include traffic stops, proper vehicle engagement tactics, understanding the contact cover rule and how to properly apply it, deadly force situations, and completing the objective in a safe an efficient manner while keeping laws, policies and procedures in mind. Officers will also experience hands on training in basic tactical trauma care, basic low light, initial 2–3 man building search and room clearing techniques, rescuing a downed officer, self-aide/buddy aide, developing and deploying a quick reaction detail for the first 2-3 responding officers to eliminate an eminent threat such as an active shooter, terrorist, and suicidal subjects. Prerequisites: This course is restricted to law enforcement professionals. Must be able to participate in intensive training lasting up to 10 hours per day and not have any medical restrictions. Required Training Materials: Duty gear, Writing material, Camel back or other means of hydration, clothing suitable for training in various weather conditions, BDU, agency t-shirt.
Notes: Cost: $300 Register https://p2-concepts.com/event/advanced-patrol-tactics-texas-city-tx/
Start Date: 11/19/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/21/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: TBD
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Robbie Allmon, P2 Concepts

3829 Point of Contact Critical Wound Care (4 hrs)
Description:In today’s unpredictable and corrosive working environment, public safety first responders face many dangers, including increasingly high numbers of active shooter incidents resulting in critical injury to themselves, victims, witnesses, and suspects. The objective of this course is providing essential critical wound care at the point of injury and increasing survivability for first responders, while allowing them to “stay in the fight.” Certified tactical medics with years of experience “down range” will teach students comprehension of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and priority of actions required prior to providing essential emergency medical care, performance of the MARCH rapid trauma assessment protocol, recognition and control of bleeding from an extremity through proper application of tourniquets, control of hemorrhagic bleeding through use of hemostatic gauze, proper opening, clearing, and maintaining airways, assessment and treatment of a penetrating chest wound, and assessment and treatment for shock. All training is designed for first responders with little to no medical experience and is presented in an easy-to-learn format, ensuring students retain the information for use when it is critically needed. This course is essential for all public safety disciplines and members at all ranks. It is a 4-hour TCOLE certified course delivered free of charge.
Notes: Cost: Free register at https://texaslawshield.secure.force.com/events/leoEventList?leo=true
Start Date: 11/27/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/27/2018Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 10/45
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Jeffrey Martin, Texas US Law Shield

3829 Point of Contact Critical Wound Care (4 hrs)
Description:In today’s unpredictable and corrosive working environment, public safety first responders face many dangers, including increasingly high numbers of active shooter incidents resulting in critical injury to themselves, victims, witnesses, and suspects. The objective of this course is providing essential critical wound care at the point of injury and increasing survivability for first responders, while allowing them to “stay in the fight.” Certified tactical medics with years of experience “down range” will teach students comprehension of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and priority of actions required prior to providing essential emergency medical care, performance of the MARCH rapid trauma assessment protocol, recognition and control of bleeding from an extremity through proper application of tourniquets, control of hemorrhagic bleeding through use of hemostatic gauze, proper opening, clearing, and maintaining airways, assessment and treatment of a penetrating chest wound, and assessment and treatment for shock. All training is designed for first responders with little to no medical experience and is presented in an easy-to-learn format, ensuring students retain the information for use when it is critically needed. This course is essential for all public safety disciplines and members at all ranks. It is a 4-hour TCOLE certified course delivered free of charge.
Notes: Cost: Free register at https://texaslawshield.secure.force.com/events/leoEventList?leo=true
Start Date: 11/27/2018Time: 1:00:00 PM
End Date: 11/27/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 10/45
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Jeffrey Martin, Texas US Law Shield

2049 The Analytics of Report Writing for Effective Testimony (4 hrs)
Description:More cases are dismissed, criminals released into custody, and legal and civil penalties assessed against law enforcement agencies based on ineffective field note offense reports and substandard courtroom testimony than other discrepancies combined. Our legal and law enforcement staffs represent some of the strongest subject matter experts in the discipline, and their experiences identifying, documenting, recovering, recording, protecting, and testifying to physical and testimonial evidence make this course worth the 4 hours dedicated to it. The class involves a review of basic report writing essentials, an intermediate table-top skills evaluation, and advanced level instruction involving actual case preparation and courtroom testimony. The course is 4-hour TCOLE certified, free of charge, and includes a comprehensive student guide for each participant.
Notes: Cost: Free register at https://texaslawshield.secure.force.com/events/leoEventList?leo=true
Start Date: 11/28/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 11/28/2018Time: 12:00:00 PM
Seats: 10/45
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Michael Gurley, Texas US Law Shield

2049 The Analytics of Report Writing for Effective Testimony (4 hrs)
Description:More cases are dismissed, criminals released into custody, and legal and civil penalties assessed against law enforcement agencies based on ineffective field note offense reports and substandard courtroom testimony than other discrepancies combined. Our legal and law enforcement staffs represent some of the strongest subject matter experts in the discipline, and their experiences identifying, documenting, recovering, recording, protecting, and testifying to physical and testimonial evidence make this course worth the 4 hours dedicated to it. The class involves a review of basic report writing essentials, an intermediate table-top skills evaluation, and advanced level instruction involving actual case preparation and courtroom testimony. The course is 4-hour TCOLE certified, free of charge, and includes a comprehensive student guide for each participant.
Notes: Cost: Free register at https://texaslawshield.secure.force.com/events/leoEventList?leo=true
Start Date: 11/28/2018Time: 1:00:00 PM
End Date: 11/28/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats: 10/45
Location: GCSO Joe Max Taylor Building - Large Training Room
Instructor: Michael Gurley, Texas US Law Shield

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: 11/30/2018Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 11/30/2018Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

GCSO POST Training
Description:For GCSO Personnel Only
Notes: Registration us through Division Commanders
Start Date: 12/7/2018Time: 8:00:00 AM
End Date: 12/7/2018Time: 5:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: Cpl. Lucio Martinez

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: 12/13/2018Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 12/13/2018Time: 8:00:00 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: 12/14/2018Time: 12:00:00 PM
End Date: 12/14/2018Time: 8:00:00 PM
Seats:
Location: College of the Mainland Firearms Range, Texas City
Instructor: GCSO Firearms Instructors

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