Entry Level Officer Hiring Program

The Southlake Police Department is currently accepting applications for entry level police officers. 

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 Human Resources Deputy Director Chad Minter at (817) 748-8193.

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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 a valid Texas driver's license at the time of hire.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • Must have a High School Diploma, a GED, or an honorable discharge from the armed services of the United States after at least two (2) years of active service.
  • Must have never been convicted, plead guilty (nolo contendere), nor have been on court-ordered community service/probation, or deferred adjudication for a Class A misdemeanor or a felony.
  • During the last ten (10) years, must not have been convicted, plead guilty (nolo contendere), or deferred adjudication for a Class B misdemeanor in this state, another state, or while serving in the military. 
  • Must never have had a military court-martial that resulted in a dishonorable discharge or other discharge based on misconduct which bars future military service. 


  • Recruit: $60,247.78 + benefits
    Upon Police Academy Graduation: $74,680.45 + benefits

Application Process

  • The duration of the process is approximately 8 weeks.  
  • Complete and submit a Pre-Employment Screening Form.
  • Qualified applicants are emailed a Personal History Statement (PHS) Application. 
  • Qualified applicants are invited to participate in:

     - a physical agility test,

     - a general knowledge written examination, and

     - an interview with the Southlake PD Hiring Board.

  • Upon successful completion of the above-listed testing, applicants are subject to an extensive background check.
  • Once the background check is completed successfully, the applicant may receive a conditional job offer contingent upon successful completion of:

     - Polygraph exam

     - Psychological exam, and

     - Medical/Physical.

  • The applicant receives a final job offer once all testing is successfully completed.

Re-application Process

  • If, at any time, the applicant fails to meet the eligibility requirements, chooses to discontinue the application process before rejection or selection, or is placed on an eligibility list 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.