Police Lateral Hiring Program

The City of Southlake is currently accepting applications for the lateral hiring program. 

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.
Southlake Police

Minimum Qualifications

The following requirements must be met in order to be considered for the lateral hiring program:

  • Applicants must have at least 36 months of continuous service as a paid, full-time certified peace officer to be considered for the lateral hiring program.
  • Out-of-state applicants must challenge and pass the TCOLE state exam before a final job offer is made by the Southlake Police Department.
  • Applicants must have no more than a 90-day break in service from the time they separated from a comparable law enforcement agency (if applicable).
  • Must have a valid Texas Driver's license at the time of hire.
  • Must be licensed by the Texas Commission in Law Enforcement (TCOLE).


  • Police Officer (certified, 36 - 71 months of experience): $75,800
  • Police Officer (certified, 72 - 119 months of experience): $79,549
  • Police Officer (certified, 120+ months of experience): $86,137

The Southlake Police Department also offers certification pay, as follows:

  • Intermediate - $60 per month
  • Advanced - $100 per month
  • Master - $125 per month

Application Process

The application process is approximately 8 weeks.  

  • Complete and submit a Pre-Employment Screening Form.
  • Qualified applicants are emailed a Personal History Statement. 
  • Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in:

                    -  a general knowledge written examination

                    -  a physical agility test

                    - 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.

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 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.