Police applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the completion of the police academy, must have a minimum of 45 college hours (each year of continuous experience as a full-time, commissioned law enforcement officer in the state of Texas and/or each year of active duty in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces may be substituted for ten (10) college credit hours, up to a maximum of 30), and must have previously held a full-time job.
Applicants that meet the minimum requirements will take a written examination. Those that pass will then complete and return a Personal History Statement and undergo a complete background investigation (consisting of a law enforcement records check, driving history, criminal background investigation, credit history, and reference checks) followed by a polygraph examination. Eligible applicants will then appear before an oral interview board and must successfully pass a psychological evaluation, a physical examination, and a drug screen.
Applicants who are not already commissioned will be hired as a Police Cadet and be sent to the Central Texas Police Academy, located on the TAMU Riverside Campus, to complete the 18 week academy (728 hours of instruction). Upon successful completion of the Academy, and passing of the State peace officer licensing exam, applicants will then become a Police Officer in Training and will have to compete a 20 week field training program. Upon successful completion of field training, officers will then be assigned to a patrol shift.
For those already commissioned, applicants will start out as a Police Officer in Training, and upon successful completion of field training will be assigned to a patrol shift.
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