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Bail bondsmen provide bail payments for criminal suspects to get out of jail until their scheduled court date. Suspects must give bail bond companies personal information and collateral so they can't run off when they get out of jail. Bail bond companies are essential to the criminal justice system because without them, the system would have to waste money holding suspects until their court date. Bail bondsmen must receive state certification and take training courses. These courses are offered across the United States from various institutions.
The Bail Enforcement Academy
The Bail Enforcement Academy has campuses in California, Washington, Nevada and Colorado, offering everything you need to know about being a bail bondsman. Educating for more than 10 years, The Bail Enforcement Academy has taught thousands of bail enforcement agents, private investigators and law enforcement and corrections officers. The academy offers several courses per year and, according to the website, is the most experienced, most effective and most endorsed bail enforcement training program.
The Bail Enforcement Academy Washington, California, Nevada, Colorado (888) 483-0837 bailacademy.org
Hillsborough Community College
This Tampa, Florida-based community college offers bail bondsman training courses three times a year--spring, summer and fall. HCC's course takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday spread out over four weekends, and serves as a prerequisite for the state certification exam. The course will earn your prelicense certification and teach you everything you need to know about being a bail enforcement agent so you can pass your state exam, wherever that may be.
Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus 2112 North 15th Street Tampa, FL 33605-3648 (813) 253-7601 hccfl.edu/yc/cjt/bail-bonds.aspx
Professional Bondsmen of Texas
PBT frequently offers courses across the entire state of Texas, including South Padre, Austin, Arlington and San Antonio. According to the PBT website, both the basic and advanced classes are approved by the State Bar of Texas for the required 8 hours for the licensing process. People who complete the course receive a certificate of completion and learn everything they need to know to pass the state test. The basic course offers basic information to prepare you to become a bail bondsman, and the advanced course offers additional information for people who have taken the course in the past but want to know more.
Professional Bondsmen of Texas 512-467-2722 pbtx.com
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