Information for Police Departments
REPLACEMENT MPOETC CARDS: Effective April 30, 2020, police departments requesting duplicate or replacement certification cards for their officers will be charged a fee of $15 for each card. The fee must be paid with a credit card when the duplicate or replacement card is ordered in TACS.
POLICE OFFICER CERTIFICATION: Municipal Police Officers are certified by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) when they meet the criteria listed below.
Meet Basic Training Requirements
Successfully complete Certification Exam
Meet Certification Qualifications (for employment)
Employed by a Police Department
Police 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
Title 37 § 203 Subchapter B.(Police Officer Certification Requirements) and submit the appropriate documents to MPOETC in TACS.
Specific employment requirements include:
MPOETC reviews 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.
Police 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.