Alumni Profile: Prudencio Ochoa – Leading the way in keeping our community safe

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LoneStar_Prudencio_OchoaResponding to the growing needs of businesses and communities, Lone Star College is training police officers who will be equipped to meet the duties and responsibilities of the 21st century peace officer.

LEA_logo_2015-10-08 copyLone Star College’s Basic Peace Officer course prepares cadets intellectually, ethically and physically to enter into a department’s field training program and ultimately assume the responsibilities and duties of a peace officer. The program is offered at the Law Enforcement Academy at LSC-University Park.

“Lone Star College did a great job preparing me for entry into Law Enforcement,” said Deputy Prudencio Ochoa, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and former LSC student. “I learned the foundation that good law enforcement is based upon.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “a continued desire for public safety is expected to result in a need for more officers,” with an estimated 33,000 new jobs added through 2024. And most of those police officers are trained at community college – in fact, 84 percent of all first responders are trained at LSC and community colleges like it.

Rigorous training and testing at the LSC Law Enforcement Academy ensures that each graduating cadet is equipped to successfully pass the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement’s state licensing exam. Cadets must also demonstrate the knowledge and physical skills that are needed to serve the public in an effective, courteous and professional manner.

The LET offers both the Basic Peace Officer FastTrack training as well as the Law Enforcement AAS degree. Most police agencies also require a period of on-the-job training for new officers.

“I have formed friendships that will last a lifetime, not only with the other graduates, but with the staff at Lone Star College,” said Ochoa. “The cadre of instructors have a true passion for teaching.”

Visit LoneStar.edu/LawEnforcement-Academy for more information on this thrilling and rewarding career.

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