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The process to join the Police Department is as follows:
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Check the City of Terrell website or the Terrell Police Department Facebook page to find the next testing date.
Applicants passing the written examination with a minimum raw score of 70 will be administered a physical agility test, on-site. Bring appropriate clothing for physical activity. The basic physical tests will be demonstrated and will consist of: Warm up and stretching (5 mins.), 25 Military form push-ups (1 min.), 30 Standard form sit-ups (1 minute), and a 1.25-mile run (13 minutes and 15 seconds).
Upon hire, qualifying applicants will be paid full-time, receive benefits, and be provided a transport vehicle while attending the Police Academy.
Lateral pay transfers are available for certified applicants. Please call Deputy Chief of Police A.D. Sansom at 469-474-2666 for more information.
No, the written test is comprised of basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills, and memory recall.
If you have used marijuana at any time in the last 2 years that will disqualify you.
A Class B conviction within the last 10 years will disqualify you. Any conviction higher than a Class B will permanently disqualify you.
Academy dates are scheduled based on open enrollment availability at North Central Texas Regional Police Academy.
Yes, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) will allow you to challenge the Texas test without attending the academy again. We will prepare you for that if hired. This does take some time, so it would help to contact TCOLE and start the paperwork as soon as possible.
Local Government Code 143 requires that you be at least 21 years old and eligible to be licensed by the state of Texas and you must be certified before your 45th birthday.
Yes, having used any illegal narcotic at any point in your life will disqualify you.
The hiring process takes approximately 2 months.
No, but you will need a high school diploma.
We work 12-hour shifts, Sunday through Tuesday or Wednesday through Friday, and every other Saturday.
Patrol; everyone starts out in Patrol.
Visible tattoos on the ears, neck, head, or face area are prohibited. Officers with tattoos/branding may be required to cover them if they are unsightly, profane, or deemed inappropriate by the Chief of Police or his designee.
At this time, a well-groomed mustache, beard, goatee, and certain facial hair are permitted as determined by policy.
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Visit our Human Resources Department How to Apply page for more information.