Hiring Process Overview

Police Officer and Police Officer Recruit


Read through the various test descriptions below for an overview of the hiring process.

Written Examination 


The purpose of this test is for measuring the ability to learn police information, observation and memory, verbal and reading comprehension, situational judgment, and problem solving.
A study guide and practice examination is available for purchase from the exam manufacturer; however, this information is only provided to applicants who are invited to the Police Officer Examination.
 

Row

Evaluation

 
We utilize the 2000 Meter Row Evaluation.  An applicant must pass at the 30th percentile based on standardized age and gender norms using the Concept 2 Rower. You can use the Texas Department of Public Safety Row Calculator to determine the time you will need to obtain a passing score.

The Texas Department of Public Safety's website also has other helpful information concerning the Concept 2 Rower Evaluation and rowing workouts tips found here.


The Next Steps for Sworn and Nonsworn Applicants


Steps beyond these include:
  • Interview with background investigator
  • Oral Board
  • Background investigation (Applicants who successfully pass this will be given a Conditional Offer of Employment)
  • Polygraph examination
  • Psychological examination
  • Medical examination / drug screen

Communications Officer Hiring Process


  • CritiCall and SELECT Test at DENCO 911 Testing Center 
  • Interview with background investigator 
  • Oral Board
  • Background investigation (Applicants who successfully pass this will be given a Conditional Offer of Employment)
  • Polygraph examination
  • Psychological examination 
  • Medical examination / drug screen 
The process takes approximately eight to ten weeks, depending on your rank on the eligibility list and factors in your background. 
You may re-apply after one year if you fail the psychological examination. Any other disqualification will result in a minimum disqualification of one year or possible permanent disqualification. 

Detention Officer Hiring Process


  • CritiCall and SELECT Test at DENCO 911 Testing Center 
  • Interview with background investigator 
  • Oral Board
  • Background investigation (Applicants who successfully pass this will be given a Conditional Offer of Employment)
  • Polygraph examination
  • Psychological examination 
  • Medical examination / drug screen 
The process takes approximately eight to ten weeks, depending on your rank on the eligibility list and factors in your background. 
You may re-apply after one year if you fail the psychological examination. Any other disqualification will result in a minimum disqualification of one year or possible permanent disqualification.