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Dallas County Sheriff

Training Academy


Training Section:

The Dallas Sheriff’s Department Training Section is a licensed academy and is in good standing with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education. The academy is housed at the:

Bill J. Priest Institute of El Centro College
1402 Corinth Street
Dallas, 75215

(214) 565-1184

The academy exists to provide the highest quality training possible for the law enforcement/detentions community, and for other employees of Dallas County. This training is in the areas of knowledge, skills, and attitude; and will be conducted in the basic training and in-service training modes. Our goal is to provide the citizens we serve with the best trained, most highly skilled, and ethical public servants possible.

As a secondary function the training section serves as the repository of training records for the department and its employees, and as the reporter of these to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).

The Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC) is offered as needed by the department, usually twice annually. This course is open to:

  • Our department’s cadets
  • Other Dallas County law enforcement agencies’ cadets (examples: Constables, District Attorney’s Office, and Parkland Hospital Police Department)
  • All other agencies’ cadets based on available seats (subject to tuition charge)
The Basic County Correction Course (BCCC) is offered as needed by the department, usually 8 – 10 times annually. This course is open to:
  • Our department’s cadets
  • All other agencies’ cadets based on available seats (subject to tuition charge)
In-service training is provided regularly which meets the training mandates set by TCLEOSE, and the training needs of our department, and the local law enforcement community.

A major component of the academy is the Mitchum Firearms Training Center, located at 1508 Landgon Road in Southeast Dallas County. The Mitchum Center consists of 13 acres, and includes the following facets:
  • Classroom
  • Defensive tactics building
  • 20 point, 50 yard pistol range
  • 5 point, 200 yard rifle range
  • Simmunitions house
  • Live fire house
  • Obstacle course
Each facet is open (when available) for reservation by outside agencies on an hourly rental basis. For availability and rental information contact (972) 225-4590.