Qualification | Weekday Testing | Personal History Form


August testing at Dallas Police Headquarters
August 20-22, 2015
Please contact a recruiter for more information: (214) 671-4409 or
Toll free @ 1(800) 527-2948

September testing at Dallas Police Headquarters
September 24-26, 2015
Please contact a recruiter for more information: (214) 671-4409 or
Toll free @ 1(800) 527-2948

October testing at Dallas Police Headquarters
October 22-24, 2015
Please contact a recruiter for more information: (214) 671-4409 or
Toll free @ 1(800) 527-2948

November testing at Dallas Police Headquarters
November 19-21, 2015
Please contact a recruiter for more information: (214) 671-4409 or
Toll free @ 1(800) 527-2948

December testing at Dallas Police Headquarters
December 17-19, 2015
Please contact a recruiter for more information: (214) 671-4409 or
Toll free @ 1(800) 527-2948

It will take 3-4 days to complete all testing.

For further information please call: Toll free @ 1 (800) 527-2948


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Academy/Field Training

  • 35 week paid academy training
  • 24 weeks of field training


  • $48,258.00 - with a bachelor degree or higher
  • $44,658.00 - without a degree
  • Intermediate officer pay - $200.00 per month
  • Master Peace officer Pay - $500.00 per month
  • Deferred Compensation plans - 401K or 457
  • Health Care, Vision, and Dental plans
  • Shift Differential Pay:
  • 3.5% - 3rd and 4th Watch
  • 6.5% - 1st Watch
  • Patrol $100.00
  • Language Pay
  • Retirement after 20 years


To be considered for the Dallas Police Department, an applicant must:

  1. Be a U. S. citizen.
  2. Be 19 ½ years of age (60 hours from an accredited college - minimum 2.0 GPA)  or  Be 21 - 44 years of age (45 hours from an accredited college - minimum 2.0 GPA)
  3. Have a valid driver license.
  4. Must not have committed any felony or Class A Misdemeanor.
  5. Have no Class B Misdemeanor convictions within the last 10 years.
  6. College credit requirement will be waived if you have three (3) years of active military service and an honorable discharge, as stipulated on your DD-214.
  7. Physical Fitness
  8. No worse than 20/100 vision rating in either eye, correctable to 20/20.
  9. No pending traffic citations or court cases.
  10. Must not have been convicted of three (3) or more hazardous traffic violations in the last twenty-four (24) months.  (Does not include “Deferred Adjudication” or “Driver’s Safety Course.”)
  11. TATTOO POLICY (Contact a recruiter regarding the tattoo policy to be eligible for hire with the Dallas Police Department)

Previous Law Enforcement Experience

College credit hours requirement will be waive for current and former law enforcement officers if:

  1. You 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. You have 36 months certified law enforcement experience with any city, county or state law enforcement agency.
  3. You have not been separated as a police officer for more than four months.

Applicant Processing Steps

  1. Preliminary Interview---You will be asked about your driving history and any criminal record or illegal drug use. We will discuss with you any questions you may have regarding the application process, time required for training, etc.
  2. Applicant Interview Board---You will be given an oral interview before a board of police officers and supervisors, during which you will be interviewed on a variety of police and non-police topics.
  3. Polygraph Examination---Determines the validity of the answers given on previous questionnaires and interviews.
  4. Background Investigation---Checks your work record, your background and the opinions and statements of people you list as references. You must also complete a personal history statement provided by the Department.
  5. Psychological Examination---Includes a three-hour written exam and an interview with a psychologist.
  6. Medical Examination---Includes a physical exam and urinalysis.

Physical Fitness Test: (Appropriate Athletic Wear Required)

  • Vertical Jump (6.5 inches)
  • Bench Press (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)

Required Documents

  1. Valid United States Driver’s License
  2. Social Security Card
  3. Birth Certificate (original or certified copy)
  4. Two Official Transcripts from every College/ University attended
  5. High School Transcripts (certified or official) or GED
  6. Marriage License (if applicable)
  7. Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  8. DD-214 (if applicable)
  9. City of Dallas Employment Application (Civil Service Application) available on-line
  10. Personal History Statement- available on-line

Applicants must have all applicable documents prior to testing!

An Equal Opportunity Employer
(214) 671-4409 or (800) 527-2948

Monthly Testing

The following is a summary of the testing options available. Interested applicants should contact a recruiter for information regarding their specific situation.


The City of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department accepts applications and conducts testing on a monthly basis. In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, all applicants must have the required documents in order to begin the testing process.

Applicants may complete "PHASE I" testing over a three (3) day period (Thursday - Saturday)

If you wish to complete the "Monthly Testing" process, you must:

  1. Complete the City of Dallas On Line Civil Service Application
  2. Print out and retain a copy of your completed application
  3. Mail or deliver in person, a sealed official college transcript to:

    City of Dallas Civil Service Office
    Dallas City Hall
    1500 Marilla Street
    Room 1-C South
    Dallas, Texas 75201

  4. Your completed Civil Service Application and submitted documents will be reviewed by a Civil Service Representative
  5. Subsequent to this review you will be notified of your Civil Service test date and time


You must bring ALL required documents (as specified on this site) to the Jack Evans HQ immediately after Civil Service Testing.

You must contact a recruiter prior to taking the Civil Service Test.

***The Dallas Police Department does NOT have a lateral transfer program or a modified academy for prior police applicants.***

An Equal Opportunity Employer

(214) 671-4409 or (800) 527-2948


Instructions for Processing the Personal History Statement
  1. Print the Personal History Statement document.
  2. Read the General Instructions for the Personal History Statement before completing statement.
  3. Call the Recruiting Unit at 214-671-4409 or 1-800-527-2948 to set up an appointment with a Recruiter.
  4. You must bring your completed Personal History Statement in person with an original college transcipt from every college or university  attended.
  5. Omitting any information on the personal history statement or any other documents, is grounds for disqualification.  Be sure to include All previous and current residences, including military residences, military history, employment information, etc.


An Equal Opportunity Employer

(214) 671-4409 or (800) 527-2948