Minimum Requirements

1. Must be a U.S. Citizen or a Naturalized U.S. Citizen

2. Must be a minimum age of 18 years of age *See #3

3. Applicants under the age of 21, must have an Associate’s degree or 60 semester credit hours from an accredited college, or 24 months of active military experience with an honorable discharge

4. Must not be over forty-five (45) years of age for entry level police officer position

5. Applicants must have a high school diploma or a GED

6. Must be able to satisfy all legal requirements imposed by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), and any future amendments

7. Must possess valid driver’s license

8. No conviction, probation, deferred adjudication, or court ordered community service for a Class B Misdemeanor, in the last ten (10) years

9. No Class “A” or felony conviction(s)

10. No family violence conviction(s)

11. Not currently charged with any criminal offense for which conviction would be a bar to licensure

12. Able to read and write English

13. Must pass a Physical Assessment Test

14. Must be of good moral character

15. Must meet other Civil Service requirements

Military Requirements

Applicant must not have been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions including, specifically: Under other than honorable conditions; Bad conduct; Dishonorable; and/or any other characterization of service indicating bad character.

Military Service Credit – Military service credit of five (5) points added to a passing test score of 70% or better, will be provided to those persons who provide a DD-214 showing a minimum of 180 total days of active military service at the time of registration. Any discharge other than honorable discharge is not creditable for the purpose of this section.

Existing Certification Credit

Applicants with a passing grade on an entry level examination who provide certified proof of a TCOLE Basic Peace Officer Certificate will be entitled to have an additional credit of five (5) points to their raw exam score.

Proof of Military Service Credit and/or Existing Certification Credit must be submitted to the Office of Civil Service Director at the time of registration to receive additional applicable points.

Tattoos & Body Art

Department policy states that no officer will have tattoos and/or body art that cannot be covered by official uniform and/or plainclothes attire, skin tone bandages, or cosmetic concealer (for hands & neck only). Tattoos on face or head are prohibited. Branding shall be considered body art. While this regulation does not apply to undercover officers when acting in that capacity, no officer will have tattoos or body art that cannot be covered by the official uniform, plainclothes attire or other department authorized means.