Minimum Qualifications

Applicants for the position of Police Recruit must meet the following criteria: 

Between ages 21-44

  • An associate's degree or at least 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university (C average or better), or
  • At least two years active duty in the United States military with an honorable discharge, plus a high school diploma or GED, or
  • At least two years of service as a full-time paid peace officer (reserve peace officer status will not be considered when determining an applicant's satisfaction of the two year prior service requirement), plus a high school diploma or GED.

NOTE: If an applicant is age 18-20, they may apply if they have an associate's degree; or 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university (from a TCLEOSE approved accrediting agency), or has received an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States after at least two years of active service, plus a high school diploma or GED.

Additional requirements:

  • Possess a valid Driver’s License
  • No felony convictions
  • Not ever have been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order
  • Not currently under indictment for any criminal offense
  • Not ever have been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years
  • Not ever have been convicted of any family violence offense
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen