Like all Texas peace officers, Portland officers must complete basic police training through an approved training academy. The current training regimen runs 8 hours a day, 5 days per week and lasts about 14 weeks. Upon completion, the candidate must pass a state licensing exam before being granted a license to practice law enforcement.
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Training and Education (TCLEOSE) enforces strict guidelines on both licensed peace officers and communications operators.
Portland requires training above the minimum required by TCLEOSE. Upon hire, new officers undergo 14 weeks of one-on-one training with a Field Training Officer or FTO.
Only after successfully completing the FTO program is a new officer allowed to work alone.
Training does not stop there. All officers undergo ongoing training to stay current on laws and techniques, to maintain their peace officer licenses and to obtain additional certifications throughout their career. Certifications include Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Master. Of the 28 licensed officers in Portland, 10 are Master Peace Officers.