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Police Officer Eligibility Requirements

Primary Eligibility Requirements


  1. Must be at least 21 years old at the time of appointment to police officer.
  2. 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.
  3. Must possess at least a GED.
  4. Must not have a discharge from military service "under less than honorable conditions".
  5. Must satisfactorily complete a state certified police academy and pass the state licensing exam if not certified already.
  6. If certified already, must possess a current license with TCLEOSE.
  7. Must pass a psychological, polygraph and physical examination, and a drug screen.
  8. Must pass an oral interview examination and background check.
  9. Must demonstrate weapons proficiency.
  10. Must be free from drug dependency or illegal drug use.
  11. Must not have ever been convicted of a felony or ever placed on community supervision, or ever convicted of barratry.
  12. Must not be on court ordered community supervision or probation for any offense above a Class C misdemeanor.
  13. Must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor above a Class C within the last 5 years.