The Big Spring Police Department sends cadets to the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy in Midland, Texas. The Academy prepares cadets for a career in law enforcement through a rigorous seventeen week academic and physical training program. Cadets receive the non-certified officer salary while attending the academy.
Cadets do not live at the academy but travel back and forth for training each day, Monday through Friday. Due to the intensive training program, cadets are not allowed to hold other types of employment or attend other educational classes while attending the academy.
The Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy is located at 4214 FM 307, Midland, Texas 79706.
Upon graduation, all new officers are on probation for twelve months and are assigned to the Field Training Officer (FTO) Program for 12 to 16 weeks. A police officer's first duty assignment is as a patrol officer.