LATERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A lateral class for officers with a minimum of three years of full-time law enforcement experience is planned for September 10, 2018.
Officers with less than three years of full-time law enforcement experience are still eligible for the base pay of a one, two or three-year HPD officer. However, you will be required to attend a regular academy class.
You must meet one of the below requirements to qualify:
- A minimum of 18 months active duty in the United States armed forces and received an honorable discharge;
- At least 52 hours of college credit with at least a 2.0 grade point average. (If you have less than 52 hours of college credit, you may still qualify. Contact us and ask to speak to a recruiter and we will personally discuss your qualifications.)
- Five or more years of full-time employment as a peace officer licensed by Texas Commission On Law Enforcement (TCOLE). (No military or education requirement.)
OUT-OF-STATE LATERAL APPLICANTS without a TCOLE license must obtain their license prior to the start of the Lateral class by following TCOLE established guidelines (see http://www.tcole.texas.gov/content/out-state-peace-officers).
You will attend our lateral entry class which is approximately three months.
While in the Academy, receive $1,615.38 bi-weekly.
Upon graduation from the Academy, receive:
Three years of prior police service, $2,169.87 plus $6 lateral longevity bi-weekly;
Four years of prior police service, $2,169.87 plus $8 lateral longevity bi-weekly;
Five years of prior police service, $2,242 plus $10 lateral longevity bi-weekly;
Education pay also begins upon graduation:
Bachelor’s Degree - $140 bi-weekly
Master’s Degree - $240 bi-weekly
Doctorate Degree - $340 bi-weekly
Click on BENEFITS above for Incentive Pay that begins after the probationary period, which is one year from Academy start date.
After an initial three-year period as a patrol officer, you will be eligible to apply to other divisions. You will also be eligible for the Sergeant’s test five years from your hire date.