Police Department Hosting Entry-Level Exam

The Terrell Police Department is hosting an entry-level examination for the position of Police Officer Cadet.

We are a Chapter 143 Local Government Code Civil Service Agency.

The written examination will be held at Trinity Valley Community College Terrell Campus. 1200 IH 20 Terrell, TX 75160 on Saturday December 1, 2018 The doors lock promptly at 9:00 a.m. Bring valid state or military identification. Applicants passing the written examination with a minimum raw score of 70 will then 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 pushups (1 min.)
  • 30 Standard form setups (1 min.)
  • 1.25 mile run (13 mins. 15 secs.)

Upon hire, qualifying applicant will be paid full time and receive benefits and are provided a transport vehicle while attending the Police Academy.
Lateral pay transfers are available for certified applicants. Please call Captain A. D. Sansom at 469.474.2666 for more information.

Education and Experience

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Education: High School Diploma or a High School Equivalency Certificate. (If you have a GED, then you must have completed at least 12 hours at an institution of higher
  • If applicable, an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces is required.
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts including weekends.
  • Must be eligible for certification from TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement). For a complete list of the state’s licensing requirements, please visit TCOLE at http://www.tcole.texas.gov/content/career-texas-law-enforcement
  • Applicants cannot be on probation for any offense on the date of the test.
  • Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license with no more than two at-fault crashes in the (60) months preceding the date of application. No more than one conviction of a moving violation within (60) months. No more than three moving violations convictions within 10 years. No license suspension in the last seven years. Out of town applicants, may apply, but must obtain a Texas driver’s license upon employment with the City.

TCOLE Requirements

  • Have never been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years from the date of the court order.
  • Is not currently charged with any criminal offense for which conviction would be a bar to licensure.
  • Has never been convicted of an offense above the grade of a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years.
  • Has never been convicted or placed on community supervision in any court of an offense involving family violence as defined under Chapter 71, Texas Family Code.
  • Is not prohibited by state or federal law from operating a motor vehicle.
  • Is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.


  1. I have used Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Steroids or any other illegal narcotic at some point in my life, would that disqualify me?
    1. Yes, having used any illegal narcotic at any point in your life will disqualify you.
  2. I have previously used marijuana, will that disqualify me?
    1. If you have used marijuana any time in the last 2 years that will disqualify you.
  3. Will a DWI conviction disqualify me?
    1. Yes.
  4. I have a Class B or higher conviction; will that disqualify me?
    1. Yes, anything higher than a Class C conviction will disqualify you.
  5. When will I start the police academy?
    1. That will not be determined until you have been offered a job.
  6. Do you recognize other states police officer certifications?
    1. Yes, TCOLE will allow you to challenge the Texas test without attending the academy all over 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 ASAP.
  7. Do you offer a study guide for the written test? And, what is the test over?
    1. No, the written test is comprised of basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills.
  8. What is the age limit?
    1. Local Government Code 143 requires that you be at least 21 years old and eligible to be licensed by the state of Texas and the age cutoff is 44 years old.
  9. How long is the hiring process?
    1. Approximately 2 months.
  10. What is your work schedule?
    1. We work 12-hour shifts, Sunday-Tuesday or Wednesday-Friday and every other Saturday.
  11. Do I have to have a College degree?
    1. No, but you will need a High School Diploma.
  12. What is the process?
    1. Apply
    2. Written and Physical Test
    3. Complete the Personal History Statement
    4. Oral Interview Board and Background Investigation
    5. Job Offer
    6. Pass a polygraph, psychological, drug screen and physical
    7. Academy (If needed)
  13. What Police Officer positions are open?
    1. Patrol, everyone starts out on patrol.
  14. Is Terrell Police Department civil service?
    1. Yes, we are Local Government Code Chapter 143 State Civil Service Agency.
  15. I have failed the written or physical test in the past, can I test again?
    1. Absolutely.
  16. What is your tattoo policy?
    1. 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.
  17. What is your facial hair policy.
    1. Beards, goatees and certain facial hair is allowed within the confines of our policy.

Applications must be filed with the City of Terrell Human Resources Department.



Phone: 972-551-6608
Metro: 972-524-3332
Fax: 972-551-1985
Voice Mail:972-551-6600 , #6608
E-mail: [email protected]