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Minimum Qualifications:

Must be at least 21 years of age, 20 for Academy Cadets meeting TCOLE exemptions

Must possess a Basic Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, or be currently enrolled in a basic licensing course approved by TCOLE or Applying for sponsorship during an OPEN and announced period where those applications are being accepted (Usually Dec-Jan)

Must possess a High School Diploma or GED

Must have a valid driver license

Must be a U.S. Citizen

Must read, write, and speak English



There are very few automatic bases for rejection. Even issues of prior misconduct, employee terminations, and arrests are usually not, in and of themselves, automatically disqualifying. However, deliberate misstatements or omissions can and often will result in your application being rejected, regardless of the nature or reason for the misstatements/omissions. In fact, the number one reason individuals “fail” background investigations is because they deliberately withhold or misrepresent job-relevant information from their prospective employer.

The personal history statement is a governmental document. Be truthful, as there are criminal consequences for lying on a governmental document.