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Specific Position Requirements

Use the information below to learn about the various requirements for these positions:

Police Officer / Police Officer Recruit Requirements

To become an officer or officer recruit, you must:
  • Be able to distinguish between red, green, and yellow 
  • Meet all physical requirements and be free from disease or physical/mental defects that would prevent you from performing the essential duties of a police officer.
  • Be able to pass all steps of the hiring process and meet all other Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) minimum requirements
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.
  • Have a valid state issued driver’s license 
  • TCOLE basic peace officer certification with 1 year post academy experience to include successfully completing a field training program with a law enforcement agency 
  • In lieu of a TCOLE certification, the applicant must have at least: 
    • Have 45 college credit hours with a 2.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale, or 
    • Minimum two years in the United States Armed Forces with either an Honorable Discharge or an active member of the United States Military Reserve 
    • Must be a U.S. citizen 
    • Must obtain a Texas driver’s license within 30 days of establishing residency if hired from out of state 
    • No convictions involving family violence 
    • No convictions of a Class A misdemeanor or above under the Texas Penal Code or any comparable state or federal law, to include the Uniform Code of Military Justice 
    • No convictions of a Class B misdemeanor under the Texas Penal Code or any comparable state or federal law, to include the Uniform Code of Military Justice within the past ten (10) years
    • No convictions of a Class C misdemeanor or comparable law within the last five (5) years (excluding traffic violations) 
    • No criminal charges pending or under indictment for any criminal offense 
    • No excessive marijuana use 
    • No marijuana use in the past two (2) years.  No illegal drug use within the last five (5) years; other drug use will be considered on a case by case basis 
    • Not have more than three (3) chargeable accidents within the last three (3) years, or any combination of chargeable accidents and moving violations which equal four (4) or more in the last three (3) years 
    • Not on probation for any criminal offense 
    • Possess a high school diploma or GED