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 possess a current license with TCOLE
  • Must pass a physical fitness test (15 push-ups in one minute, 20 sit-ups in one minute, 1.5 mile run in 17:15, 300 meter run in 80 seconds)
  • Must pass a psychological examination, polygraph examination, physical examination, and a drug screen
  • Must pass an oral interview examination and a 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 10 years