Eligibility Requirements

Primary Eligibility Requirements
  • Must be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment to police officer
  • May not be 45 years of age or older, however, applicants over 45 may apply if they have at least 5 years of military experience (active duty) or previous police experience
  • Must possess at least a GED
  • Must not have a discharge from military service "under less than honorable conditions"
  • Must satisfactorily complete a state certified police academy and pass the state licensing exam if not certified already
  • If certified already, must possess a current license with TCLEOSE
  • Must pass a psychological, polygraph and physical examination, and a drug screen
  • Must pass an oral interview examination and background check
  • Must demonstrate weapons proficiency
  • Must be free from drug dependency or illegal drug use
  • Must not have ever been convicted of a felony or ever placed on community supervision, or ever convicted of barratry
  • Must not be on court ordered community supervision or probation for any offense above a Class C misdemeanor
  • Must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor above a Class C within the last 5 years