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DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT - RECRUITING




February testing at Dallas Police Headquarters
February 25-27, 2016
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March testing at Dallas Police Headquarters
March 24-26, 2016
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For further information please call: Toll free @ 1 (800) 527-2948

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On behalf of Chief of Police David O. Brown, and the men and women of the Dallas Police Department, congratulations on your interest in becoming a member of the Dallas Police Department! The Dallas Police Department is the 2nd largest police department in the State of Texas and the 9th largest police department in the country. The Dallas Police Department is comprised of over 3500 sworn members and over 500 non-sworn members. The Dallas Police Department provides police services to over 1.3 million citizens who reside in a city occupying 365 square miles. The Dallas Police Department offers more opportunities for advancement and wide-ranging assignments than other departments. This is the first step in a rewarding career with a progressive and diverse police department.

Sincerely,

Irene Alanis
Lieutenant
Dallas Police Department

Qualifications

All applicants for the position of Dallas Police Officer must meet the below qualifications:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D.
  • Must be between 19 years of age and 44 years of age. Applicants must not turn 45 years of age before taking the civil service examination.
  • Applicants that are 19 years of age must have a minimum of 60 semester college hours with a 2.0 GPA from an accredited college or university.* Remedial or developmental courses do not count towards the total college hours.
  • Applicants between 21 and 44 years of age must have a minimum of 45 semester college hours with a 2.0 GPA from an accredited college or university.* Remedial or developmental courses do not count towards the total college hours.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Military Exemption: College credit hours requirement is waived for military personnel who served at least three years on active duty and were conferred an Honorable Discharge as stipulated on their DD Form 214 (Member 4 Copy). Consideration is allowed for 10 calendar days short of the mandatory three years.
  • Previous Law Enforcement Experience. College credit hours requirement is waived for current and former law enforcement officers if they:
    1. Have worked for any Law Enforcement Agency as a sworn Police Officer with powers of arrest in the United States or U.S. Territories.
    2. Have 36 months certified law enforcement experience with any city, county or state law enforcement agency.
    3. Have not been separated as a police officer for more than four months.
  • No worse than 20/100 vision rating in each eye, correctable to 20/20.
  • Must be certified by a City physician to be medically fit in accordance with state law.
  • Must be certified by staff psychologist to be mentally fit in accordance with state law.
  • Must pass the physical fitness test.
  • Must be of good moral character.

*College or University must be accredited by one of the following:

  1. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-CC)
  2. Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA)
  3. Higher Learning Commission (formerly known as North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA))
  4. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  5. Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  6. New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE)

For more information, please call toll free @ 1 (800) 527-2948.

Disqualifying Factors
(Not all inclusive)

  • Must not have been convicted, plead guilty or nolo contendere, placed on probation or deferred adjudication for any felony (civilian or military).
  • Must not have been convicted, plead guilty or nolo contendere, placed on probation or deferred adjudication for any Class A Misdemeanor (civilian or military).
  • Must not have been convicted of a family violence offense.
  • Must not have been convicted of public lewdness, indecent exposure or prostitution.
  • Must not have been convicted, plead guilty or nolo contendere, placed on probation or deferred adjudication for a Class B Misdemeanor within the last 10 years or since the 17th birthday.
  • Must not have been convicted of a DWI (Class B Misdemeanor) within 10 years preceding the date of application.
  • Must not be on probation for any crime.
  • Must not have been discharged from military service under less than honorable conditions.
  • Must not be under criminal investigation or have criminal charges pending (civilian or military).
  • Must not have any outstanding traffic warrants or pending citations.
  • Must not have been convicted of three (3) or more hazardous traffic violations with twenty four (24) months preceding the date of application (does not include deferred adjudication or driver’s safety course).
  • Tattoo Policy. Applicants must not have tattoos, brands, or body art that may be considered offensive or obscene. Tattoos must be covered by a long sleeve uniform shirt. Applicants must not have tattoos on their head, scalp, face, neck, hands, or fingers.
  • Illegal drug use is determined on a case by case basis. Factors considered are: types of drugs used, recency of drug usage, total number of usages, and applicant’s age of last drug usage.
  • Unstable employment history. Applicants must not have been dismissed or resigned in lieu of dismissal from employment for inefficiency or misconduct. This is determined on a case by case basis.
  • Expungements. Under Texas law expungements are not accepted on convictions, even if the sentence was probation. Expungements from another state must meet the same standards as Texas law.

For more information please call a Police Recruiter toll free @ 1 (800) 527-2948.

Salary & Benefits

  • $44,658.00 - Starting Pay
  • $48,258.00 - Starting Pay with four year college degree
Rank Base Salary Ranges
Police Officer $44,659.00 - $72,718.00
Senior Corporal $45,916.00 - $80,173.00
Sergeant $52,742.00 - $87,802.00
Lieutenant $63,500.00 - $96,170.00

Applicant Processing Steps

Phase I

Civil Service Written Test. The first step in becoming a Dallas Police Officer is registering for the civil service examination. Use the following link to register for the examination: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/dallas/default.cfm
Complete the City of Dallas civil service application, print and retain a copy. This is one of the necessary documents required by the Dallas Police Department. The civil service test is offered monthly, during the three day testing period, on Thursday at 9 a.m. and at 1 p.m. and, if needed, on Friday at 9 a.m. It is recommended applicants request a Thursday testing date. Applicants with a Thursday testing date will complete all steps in the testing and screening process by Saturday evening. There is no study guide for the test. The passing score for the civil service examination is 80% and 2 � hours are allotted to complete the 100 question test.

  • The Civil Service Department requires proof of eligibility in order to take the test. Applicants are required to submit one sealed official college transcript with at least 45 semester hours with a 2.0 GPA. This is in addition to the one sealed official college transcript required by the Dallas Police Department.
  • Military veterans may waive the college requirement by submitting a DD Form 214 (member 4 copy) that confirms three years of military service with an Honorable Discharge.

Preliminary Interview. Applicants answer a series of questions to confirm they meet the minimum requirements and have no disqualifying factors.

Physical Fitness Test. Applicants must bring appropriate athletic training clothes, running shoes, small towel, snacks, and drinking water in a small bag to testing. Before travelling to Dallas, ensure you are able to pass the fitness test. The test is given in the order shown below. For more information, please call a Police Recruiter toll free @ 1 (800) 527-2948.

  • Vertical Jump (6.5 inches)
  • Bench Press, free weights (56% of your body weight)
  • Illinois Shuttle Run (24.9 seconds)
  • Sit-ups (14 in 1 minute)
  • 300 Meter Run (110 seconds)
  • Push-ups (4 in 1 minute)
  • 1.5 Miles Run (19.09 minutes)

Pre-Polygraph Booklet. Applicants complete the booklet answering questions regarding employment, drug use, criminal activities, etc.

Polygraph Examination. The polygraph examination is used to verify the truthfulness of the information provided by the applicant and to inquire about undetected crimes, illegal drug use, employment, and other relevant information.

Applicant Interview Board (AIB). Applicants appear in front of a three member board in formal business attire (suit & tie). Applicants are asked scenario based questions and are graded on their appearance, communication skills, judgement, and logical reasoning.

All testing is completed in three days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Background Investigation. Applicants who pass all the previous steps proceed to the background investigation. A detective conducts an extensive background investigation to include, but not limited to, contacting all prior/present employers, references, co-workers, ex-spouses, family members, and schools. Also, the applicant’s residential history, financial responsibility, military records and driving history are investigated. The background investigation can take from two to four months to complete. Most of the delay is caused by the lack of reference response. Once the background investigation is completed, the applicant’s file is routed through the chain of command for review and approval. If the applicant is approved for hire, he/she is tendered a conditional offer of employment.

Phase II

Once the applicant accepts the conditional offer of employment, he/she must return to Dallas in order to complete the below tests:

Psychological Examination. Applicants complete two psychological written tests and are interviewed by a staff psychologist.

Medical Examination. The applicant’s physical and medical conditions are evaluated to ensure that he/she can function safely as a police officer.

Drug Screening. Applicants provide samples and these are analyzed to detect the use of illegal drugs.

Monthly Testing

The Dallas Police Department conducts monthly three day testing during which the first six steps of applicant processing are completed. Applicants report to the Dallas Police Headquarters Building at 1400 S. Lamar Street in Dallas at 7 a.m. on Thursday, in order to begin the screening and testing process. Applicants are later transported to 1500 Marilla Street, City Hall, for the civil service test, and then returned to complete the testing process. Applicants should expect to arrive early and remain till 6 p.m. each day of the three day testing period.

Out of Town Applicants

Applicants who reside outside the State of Texas or more than 200 miles from Dallas, Texas, are considered out of town. It is suggested these applicants arrive in Dallas the evening prior to their civil service test, and schedule their departure on Saturday after 6 p.m. It is imperative applicants arrive promptly on Thursday morning in order to complete all steps in the hiring process by Saturday evening. It is highly recommended out of town applicants call and speak with a Police Recruiter to ensure hiring requirements are met and there are no disqualifying factors before making travel arrangements. Out of town applicants are required to travel twice to Dallas, Texas, in order to complete all steps of the hiring process. For more information, please call toll free @ 1 (800) 527-2948.

Parking. It is suggested that you use the pay parking lot “South Side Park” located at 1326 S. Lamar Street, which is one block north of the Dallas Police Headquarters Building at 1400 S. Lamar Street, Dallas.

Lateral Entry Program. The Dallas Police Department does NOT have a lateral transfer program or a modified police academy for prior or current police officers.

Required Documents

  1. Print a copy of your City of Dallas application and bring it to testing. It is a required document.
    http://agency.governmentjobs.com/dallas/default.cfm
  2. Valid driver's license
  3. Original social security card
  4. Original birth certificate
  5. Official U.S. high school transcript or GED (sealed original in envelope)
  6. One college transcript from every university/college attended (sealed original in envelope)
  7. Original marriage license
  8. Copy of divorce decree
  9. Original naturalization document
  10. Original DD Form 214 (member–4) or original National Guard Bureau (NGB-22) 
    • If the applicant is an active military member, a statement of service letter from the applicant's Commanding Officer stating the applicant is in good standing, date of enlistment, date of end of active service, and projected honorable discharge.
  11. Final dispositions on all arrests (from court of jurisdiction)
  12. Final dispositions of all citations received within the previous 1 year (from court of jurisdiction)
  13. Completed Personal History Statement

Instructions for Completing the Personal History Statement

  1. The first step in becoming a Dallas Police Officer is registering for the civil service examination and requesting a test date. Use the following link:
    http://agency.governmentjobs.com/dallas/default.cfm
  2. Print a copy of your City of Dallas application and bring it to testing. It is a required document.
  3. Carefully read and follow all the instructions on the Personal History Statement.
  4. A typed application is preferred. If this is not possible, legibly and neatly print your application in black ink.
  5. Do not print the Personal History Statement double sided.
  6. Bring your completed Personal History Statement to testing.
  7. Answer all questions completely and in detail, or use NO or NONE.
  8. If you need additional space for your answers, please make an additional copy of the exact page to complete the requested information, and fill in only the necessary information.
  9. Do not notarize or attach a picture. This will be performed by Dallas Police personnel.

PERSONAL HISTORY MUST BE RECEIVED IN PERSON. DO NOT FAX OR MAIL.

More Information on Salary & Benefits

Education Pay. Officers with a bachelor’s degree receive $300.00 a month. Officers without a college degree but with college hours above the minimum required 45 semester hours receive $12 per month for every additional 3 hours college credit up to a maximum of $240.00 per month.

Certification Pay. Officers with a TCOLE Intermediate Certification receive $200.00 per month. Officers with a TCOLE Master Certification receive $500.00 per month.

Language Skills Pay. Officers fluent in Arabic, Cambodian, Cantonese, Chinese, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Laotian, Spanish, Thai, Urdu, or Vietnamese receive $110.00 or $150.00 per month depending on proficiency.

Shift Assignment Pay. Officers assigned to an evening shift receive an additional 3.5% of their hourly base pay rate. Officers assigned to an overnight shift receive an additional 6.5% of their hourly base pay rate.

Patrol Assignment Pay. Officers assigned to Patrol, Traffic, SWAT, Love Field Airport, and the Gang Unit receive patrol pay:

  1. Officers with 6 years of service: $100.00 per month.
  2. Officers with 8 years of service: $125.00 per month.
  3. Officers with 10 years of service: $150.00 per month.

Field Training Officer Pay. Field Training Officers received $100.00 per month.

Detective Assignment Pay. Detectives receive $100.00 per month.

Overtime. Officers have the option of receiving either overtime pay or compensatory time when working longer than their standard workday. The overtime rate will be at 1 times the regular rate of hourly pay for all time worked over the officers’ standard work day. Off duty officers attending court are paid a minimum of two hours overtime.

Medical Benefits. The City of Dallas offers two E.P.O. plans.

  1. EPO 70/30/$3,000.00 medical plan. Member pays 30%, plan pays 70% after $3,000.00 (single) deductible is met.
  2. EPO 75/25 Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). Member pays 25%, plan pays 75%, after $2,500.00 (single) deductible is met. The City of Dallas also offers dental and vision plans. (Subject to yearly change)

Sick Leave. Officers accrue four hours of sick leave each bi-weekly pay period (80 hours), up to 12 days annually.

Vacation Leave. Officers accumulate vacation leave based on their years of service. Vacation is earned each bi-weekly pay period (80 hours).


Years of Service

Hrs. Per Pay Period

Annual Days (max)

1 - 4

6.0

15 days

5 - 8

6.8

17 days

9 - 14

7.2

18 days

15 - 18

8.0

20 days

Over 19

9.2

23 days


Holidays. Officers received nine paid holidays per year.

Work Schedule. Officers assigned to patrol duties work five 8 hour shifts, with 2 days off, or four 10 hour shifts, with 3 days off. Officers are assigned to a watch by seniority. Officers work the following shifts:

1st Watch

11 p.m. - 7 a.m.

12 a.m. - 8 a.m.

2nd Watch

7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

3rd Watch

3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

4 p.m. - 12 a.m.

4th Watch

7 p.m. - 5 a.m.

 

5th Watch

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 


Longevity Service Pay. Officers earned $4.00 per month for each year of service completed up to a maximum of $100.00 per month for 25 years of service.

Military Leave Days. Officers who are members of the Armed Forces received 15 paid days of military leave per fiscal year.

Uniforms. Officers are issued all uniforms, equipment, and firearms. Duty footwear is not issued.

Retirement. A police officer for the City of Dallas is a member of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP) which is a qualified defined benefit pension plan. Members of DPFP contribute 8.5% of their computation pay while the City of Dallas contributes 27.5% of total payroll. Members are eligible to receive pension benefits when they attain age 55 and have completed 10 or more years of service. DPFP also offers a Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP).

Employee Savings Plans. The City offers a retirement savings plan 401(k), and a Deferred Compensation Plan 457(b).

Life insurance. The City of Dallas provides basic life coverage in the amount of $50,000.00 to full time employees. Employees may elect to buy additional coverage up to 3X their annual earnings. (Subject to yearly change)

Promotions. Promotions to senior corporal, sergeant, and lieutenant are based on competitive civil service exams. Promotions to major, deputy chief, and assistant chief are through appointment by the Chief of Police.

Dallas Police Basic Training Academy

The Dallas Police Basic Training Academy is located at 5310 Redbird Center Drive, Dallas, Texas, 75237. The Basic Training Academy is 36 weeks long, and consists of 1431 hours of instruction. The Basic Training Academy is mentally challenging and physical demanding. Police recruits should arrive for training at their peak physical fitness. After the training academy, new officers are assigned to one of the seven Patrol Divisions for 24 weeks of field training under the tutelage of experienced Field Training Officers (FTO).

Academy Curriculum

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