UPD Selects Two Cadets for the Police Academy

By Deyanira Romo Rossell, Public Information Officer, Finance and Support Services

UPD Cadets Cat Hoyt and Josh Dorantes

Catharina "Cat" Hoyt and Joshua Dorantes, UPD Cadets

UPD at Texas State University selected Catharina (Cat) Hoyt and Joshua Dorantes to attend the 2021 Capital Area Council of Governments Regional Law Enforcement Academy‚Äôs Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC) in September 2021. BPOC provides academic, practical instruction, and preparation for the Texas State Peace Officer Licensing Examination required for all people hoping to become a Texas peace officer.

"We selected these two outstanding cadets following a thorough application and interview process. We fully expect that they will stand up to the rigors of the academy and join the UPD team as certified peace officers once the course is complete," said Sgt. Roscoe Hughey, UPD at Texas State. 

Hoyt earned her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice with a minor in psychology from Texas State in December 2020. She is already a familiar face at UPD, formerly a student worker and then a team member in the community engagement office. 

"I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the TXST UPD family as a police cadet and soon-to-be officer. I feel completely at home with the officers here and cannot wait to see everything that I can accomplish within the department," said Hoyt.  

Dorantes earned his Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, with a minor in environmental science from the University of Texas at San Antonio in May 2021.

"I am excited to be a part of the Texas State University family and assist in protecting the students and faculty through working for TX State UPD," said Dorantes. 

Once they complete the academy, the cadets will graduate in March  2022. They will then complete 18 weeks of training with a UPD officer. Upon completion of the training, the two will officially join the UPD team at Texas State as certified peace officers. 

For more information about BPOC, visit Regional Law Enforcement Academy.