Entry Level Officer Hiring Program

The Southlake Police Department is currently accepting applications for entry level police officers. Applicants in this program have less than 36 months of law enforcement experience. Those applicants who do not already hold a valid peace officer's license with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) will attend basic police officer academy training.

Police Hiring Community

Please read the information and application instructions listed below to see if you qualify for this program. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Sergeant Mike Dunn at (817) 748-8134 or via email.

Minimum Qualifications

The following requirements must be met in order to be considered for the entry level officer hiring program:

  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Must have valid Texas driver's license at time of hire


  • Police Recruit (No certification) - $50,103.66
    (Note:  Upon earning a TCOLE police certification, a Police Recruit will begin earning the Entry Level Police Officer pay rate.)
  • Entry Level Police Officer (TCOLE-certified) - $62,078.43

Application Process

  • Duration of process is approximately 5 weeks.  
  • Complete and submit a Personal History Statement (PHS)
  • Qualified applicants are invited to participate in:

     - Physical agility test,

     - general knowledge written exam, and

     - interview with Southlake PD Hiring Board

  • Upon successful completion of above-listed testing, applicants are subject to an extensive background check.
  • Once background is passed, applicant receives conditional job offer contingent upon successful completion of:

     - Polygraph exam

     - Psychological exam, and

     - Medical/Physical

  • Applicant receives final job offer once all testing is successfully completed.

Personal History Statement

  • PHS form is required to apply for this position
  • Click on "Personal History Statement" button above to complete
  • PHS must be completed in its entireity to be considered for employment.
  • All notarized and certified copies of all applicable certifications must be included.

Reapplication Process

  • If, at any time, the applicant fails to meet the eligibility requirements, chooses to discontinue the application process before rejection/selection, or is placed on an eligibility listed that has expired, the applicant may reapply at any future employment process, whenever such eligibility requirements are met.
  • Any applicant who is reapplying must submit a new application form and complete the entire process as if no prior application processing or testing has been conducted.  No scores from the previous testing may be used in any reapplication process.