Training Center Overview
Texas Game Wardens are known as being among the best-trained conservation officers in the country.
The many demands of modern conservation law enforcement training had outgrown a small Austin facility. A converted warehouse had served as the training center from 1975 until 2007. The Austin location had been hemmed in on all sides by neighborhood development.
A New Home
The Police Activities League approached the agency in 2005 about donating more than 200 acres of the ranch it owned in rural Hamilton County. This became the next home of the Texas Game Warden Training Center. The first cadet class graduated there in 2009. This facility has also combined training for both Game Warden and Park Police Officer cadets, who train together in the same cadet classes.
The development of this modern training center has been and continues to be a multi-year, multi-million dollar project. Private donations and corporate sponsorships have been a critical factor in realizing the vision of a world-class facility. Donations are sponsorships are still actively being sought, as there are a few more structures that need to be built.
The Texas Game Warden Training Center started with road construction, water and electric improvements and expansion, It continued with upgrades to existing facilities, security fencing, walkways, site signage, and other enhancements. Today it operates numerous modern buildings, its own water supply, and acres of nearby fields. The entire complex is used exclusively to train commissioned conservation officers for the State of Texas.
All buildings have been designed according to the State Energy Code, which adopted the International Energy Conservation Code.
Future Operating Costs
One goal of the capital campaign is to create an endowment fund sufficient to satisfy operating costs over and above those presently incurred by the Austin training facility.