New Courses: ACC’s Public Safety Training Center Offers Training For Current Peace Officers

For the first time, Austin Community College District’s (ACC) Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) will now offer training through more than 10 new course offerings. 

The courses, offered through ACC’s Continuing Education Department, will offer more face-to-face training for incumbent police working at the various agencies in the ACC service area. 

In Texas, every peace officer has to have a certain number of continuing education hours each training cycle (two years). These new courses will help local agencies to meet these hours, as well as improve training options for current officers to prepare for career advancement. 

New courses beginning in 2024 include:

First Responder Health & Fitness Foundations Course 1/22 – 2/2
Basic Instructors Course 1/8 – 1/12
Advanced Instructor Course 2/26 – 3/1
Firearms Instructor Course 4/15 – 4/19
Intermediate Crime Scene Course 4/8 – 4/12
Intermediate Crime Scene Course 9/23 – 9/27
Response to Resistance & Tactics Instructors Course 4/15 – 4/26
Leadership & Shaping Organizational Cultures 2/12 – 2/16
Leadership & Shaping Organizational Cultures 4/1 – 4/5
911 Dispatcher – Telecommunications Licensing Course   May 2023
911 Dispatcher – Telecommunications Licensing Course   August 2023

“A well-trained police officer, supervisor, or civilian can do their jobs better to serve their community,” says Todd Radford, ACC PSTC Director. “The Public Safety Training Center at ACC is designed and equipped to empower those who protect our communities through professional training and education.”

Previously, the center was only available to be rented by local agencies for training.

The PSTC, located at ACC Hays Campus, provides hands-on training for firefighters, law enforcement, and paramedics. More than 6,100 first responders have trained at the PSTC since it opened in fall 2018.

The center has a 7,000-square-foot tactical room, 50-yard tactical shooting range, 19-acre emergency vehicle operator course, and specially designed training rooms for different first responders. 

For more information on the center, visit

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