Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission

PBLEA is a division of the Criminal Justice Department of the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission (PBRPC), and serves the 17-County region of the Planning Commission.  For more info on PBRPC see www.pbrpc.org.


PBLEA Basic Peace Officer Academy

Our mission for the PBLEA Basic Peace Officer Course is to train law enforcement recruits to be competent and confident Texas Peace Officers. 

We take this mission very seriously as all of our recruits are either employed or sponsored by a law enforcement agency in the region, and they will immediately be serving as active peace officers on patrol after the academy.

Anyone interested in attending the Academy should contact their local Law Enforcement agency.  PBLEA works with Police Chiefs and Sheriffs in the region to constantly plan to enroll their employed or sponsored recruits in upcoming academies.


Welcome to The Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy

Director Jim ReynoldsJim Reynolds is the Director of the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy. He has held that position since March, 2006, and taught at the Academy as a volunteer instructor for 12 years before that. Jim is a 30 year veteran of Law Enforcement, spending 25 years with the Midland Police Department, where he retired with the position of Lieutenant. He currently holds a commission with the Midland County Sheriff's Office where he serves as a Reserve Deputy.

Jim has held a TCLEOSE Instructor's Certificate since 1984. He maintains lesson plans in: Stress Management for Police Officers, Problem Solving and Problem Oriented Policing, & Techniques of Group Instruction. Jim formerly served as the MPD Training Director for four years.

Jim holds a Master of Arts in Religion (Counseling Concentration) from Liberty University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement from Cisco Junior College. His undergraduate and graduate research has focused on the areas of stress management in public safety, the police officer's marriage, and group work.

Jim is a father and husband. He and Crecia have been married for 29 years and they have two sons, Chris, 26 and Colby, 23. Jim is active in his church in Midland, where he serves as a youth leader and a youth camp counselor regularly. His hobbies include amateur radio (KK5MV), guitar, singing, song-writing, writing and speaking.

TCLEOSE Testing Center

The P.B.L.E.A. is now offering on-line testing for the Basic Peace officer exam, Basic Jailer exam, Basic Telecommunicator exam and Investigative Hypnosis exam. The benefits to the online testing are:

  1. Immediate test results
  2. Location
  3. *Cost

If you are interested in using the Testing Center please contact, Tonna Rice at tonnarice@pblea.org to set up a test time.

*If you are an active participant in the Regional Academy there is no charge for the use of the Testing Center, otherwise the cost is $25.00 per test.




The 96th session began January 11, 2016




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