Here’s the requirements and qualifications needed before you can apply:
To be considered for the Dallas Police Department, an applicant must:
- Be a U. S. citizen.
- Be 19 ½ years of age (60 hours from an accredited college – minimum 2.0 GPA) or Be 21 – 44 years of age (45 hours from an accredited college – minimum 2.0 GPA)
- Have a valid driver license.
- Must not have committed any felony or Class A Misdemeanor.
- Have no Class B Misdemeanor convictions within the last 10 years.
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- College credit requirement will be waived if you have three (3) years of active military service and an honorable discharge, as stipulated on your DD-214.
- Physical Fitness
- No worse than 20/100 vision rating in either eye, correctable to 20/20.
- No pending traffic citations or court cases.
- Must not have been convicted of three (3) or more hazardous traffic violations in the last twenty-four (24) months. (Does not include “Deferred Ajudication” or “Driver’s Safety Course.”) Applicant Processing Steps
- Preliminary Interview—You will be asked about your driving history and any criminal record or illegal drug use. We will discuss with you any questions you may have regarding the application process, time required for training, etc.
- Applicant Interview Board—You will be given an oral interview before a board of police officers and supervisors, during which you will be interviewed on a variety of police and non-police topics.
- Polygraph Examination—Determines the validity of the answers given on previous questionnaires and interviews.
- Background Investigation—Checks your work record, your background and the opinions and statements of people you list as references. You must also complete a personal history statement provided by the Department.
- Psychological Examination—Includes a three-hour written exam and an interview with a psychologist.
- Medical Examination—Includes a physical exam and urinalysis.
- Valid United States Driver’s License
- Social Security Card
- Birth Certificate (original or certified copy)
- (2) Official College Transcripts (if applicable)
- High School Transcripts (certified or official) or GED
- Marriage License (if applicable)
- Divorce Decree (if applicable)
- DD-214 (if applicable)
- City of Dallas Employment Application (Civil Service Application) available on-line
- Personal History Statement- available on-line
Average Salary, Pay Scale, And Benefits
On the date of hiring, you, your spouse and/or children will become eligible for one of the City of Dallas’ major medical insurance programs. The City also offers different supplemental dental and vision plans as well as non-city health HMO coverage plans.
Upon hiring, you are enrolled in the City of Dallas group life insurance program. You can choose from two plans, Basic Life Insurance, paid by the City of Dallas and Supplemental Life Insurance at a reduced rate premium. Accidental death and dependant life insurance is also available at a reduced rate premium.
- Basic Life Insurance (no cost) $40,000 basic insurance policy
- Supplemental Life (contributory) Supplemental Life Insurance can be purchased for up to a maximum of $500,000.00 in age banded rates.
Upon hiring, you will be enrolled in the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund.
- You will contribute 8.5% of your salary to the pension fund, while the City of Dallas contributes 27.5%.
- You become eligible for full retirement at age 50, with a minimum 5 years of service.
- The retirement plan pays up to 96% of the average of your highest paid 36 months of salary.
- Outstanding Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)
- Upon leaving the Department, you will be paid for all accrued vacation time, at your current hourly rate of pay.
All officers are provided with uniforms and all necessary equipment including a regulation service weapon.