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 Reynolds

Jim Reynolds is the Director of the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy.  He has held that position since 2006, and has been an instructor at the Academy since 1993.  Jim began his law enforcement career in 1978.  He joined the Midland Police Department in 1980 and retired as a Lieutenant, with 25 years of service.   He held command positions in Communications, Patrol, Training, Investigations - Crimes against Persons, Internal Affairs & Personnel, and Special Operations.  He is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police and the 178th session of the FBI National Academy.

Jim holds a Master of Education (Counselor Education) from Sul Ross State University, Master of Arts in Religion (Pastoral Counseling) from Liberty University, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and an Associate in Applied Science (Law Enforcement) from Cisco College.

Jim’s undergraduate and graduate research has focused on the areas of stress management in public safety, the police officer’s marriage, andchildren and ADHD.  He has held a TCOLE Instructor’s Certificate since 1984 and maintains lesson plans in:  Stress Management for Police Officers, The Law Enforcement Family: Issues and Interventions, Problem Solving, Adult Development, and Techniques of Group Instruction. 

Jim is a father and husband.  He and Crecia have been married since 1980, and they are proud of their grown sons, Chris and Colby.  Jim is active in his church in Midland where he serves as a youth leader and youth camp counselor regularly.  He volunteers at Midland Community Theatre, Rays of Hope Children’s Grief Centre, and SHARE respite ministry for families with special needs children.  His hobbies include electronics, amateur radio, guitar, singing, acting, writing, 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 97th session will begin August 15, 2016




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