DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT - RECRUITING
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.
All applicants for the position of Dallas Police Officer must meet the below qualifications:
*College or University must be accredited by one of the following:
For more information, please call toll free @ 1 (800) 527-2948.
For more information please call a Police Recruiter toll free @ 1 (800) 527-2948.
Salary & Benefits
Applicant Processing Steps
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 ½ 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.
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).
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:
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).
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