LATERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A lateral class for officers with a minimum of three years of full-time law enforcement experience is planned for May 2018.


You must meet one of the below requirements to qualify:

  1. A minimum of 18 months active duty in the United States armed forces and received an honorable discharge;
  2. OR

  3. At least 52 hours of college credit with at least a 2.0 grade point average. (If you have less than 52 hours of college credit, you may still qualify. Contact us and ask to speak to a recruiter and we will personally discuss your qualifications.)
  4. OR

  5. Five or more years of full-time employment as a peace officer licensed by Texas Commission On Law Enforcement (TCOLE). (No military or education requirement.)

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

OUT-OF-STATE LATERAL APPLICANTS without a TCOLE license must obtain their license prior to the start of the Lateral class by following TCOLE established guidelines (see http://www.tcole.texas.gov/content/out-state-peace-officers).


ACADEMY

You will attend our 9 week lateral entry class.


LATERAL PAY

While in the Academy, receive $1,615.38 bi-weekly.
Upon graduation from the Academy, receive:
Three years of prior police service, $2,169.87 plus $6 lateral longevity bi-weekly;
Four years of prior police service, $2,169.87 plus $8 lateral longevity bi-weekly;
Five years of prior police service, $2,242 plus $10 lateral longevity bi-weekly;
Education pay also begins upon graduation:
Bachelor’s Degree - $140 bi-weekly
Master’s Degree - $240 bi-weekly
Doctorate Degree - $340 bi-weekly
Click on BENEFITS above for Incentive Pay that begins after the probationary period, which is one year from Academy  start date.


OPPORTUNITIES

After an initial three-year period as a patrol officer, you will be eligible to apply to other divisions. You will also be eligible for the Sergeant’s test five years from your hire date.