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) - $48,929.36

**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) - $60,623.47

Application Process

Applicants are required to complete and submit a Personal History Statement (PHS).  Qualified applicants will then be invited to participate in a physical agility test, a written examination, and an interview with the Southlake PD Hiring Board.  Those who successfully complete this initial testing phase will be subject to an extensive background investigation, followed by a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, a medical physical, and a drug screen.  

Personal History Statement

The PHS is a vital part of the application process, so please be sure to take your time and complete the document in its entirety. You can find the PHS by clicking on the Personal History Statement button above.  In addition, make sure all notarized and certified copies of all applicable certifications are included.

Notaries are available and free in most banks, libraries and municipalities.