Click on the buttons below to learn more about each phase. Please note, the application process will take approximately 90 to 180 days to complete. Out-of-town applicants can travel to Houston two times in order to complete the application process.
- PHASE ONE - Prepare Application Packet and Schedule Initial Interview
- PHASE TWO - Reading Comprehension Test and Physical Agility Test
- PHASE THREE - Polygraph Exam and Post-Polygraph Interview
- PHASE FOUR - Background Investigation
- PHASE FIVE - Psychological and Medical Exam
- PHASE SIX - Final Review and Chief of Police Approval
The first step is to prepare the application packet, which consists of the Personal History Statement; City of Houston NeoGov Application; and items on the Required Documents Checklist. Click on the links below:
- Complete Personal History Statement
NOTE: In order to properly fill out, save and print the pdf form of this Personal History Statement, you MUST use Adobe Reader or Acrobat 8.0 or greater. You can download the latest Adobe Reader here.
- Complete City of Houston NeoGov Application
- Required Documents Checklist
After completing the above three steps, schedule an interview by clicking on the “Schedule An Interview” button below.
You will be contacted in approximately four business days to schedule an interview.
Interviews are conducted by appointment only and take approximately 3 hours. Dress for the interview is business attire.
Once you have passed the initial interview, you will be scheduled to take a reading comprehension test and physical agility test. Phase Two will take approximately 4-5 hours and will be held at the Houston Police Department Training Academy. Upon completion of the reading comprehension and physical agility tests, you will then be sent for fingerprinting.
Physical Agility Test (PAT):
- 1.5 Mile Run, 17:30 minutes or less
- 300 Meter Sprint, 78 seconds or less
- Vertical Jump, 16.5 inches or more
- Push-ups, 15 or more
- Weapons Compatibility, 6 trigger pulls with each hand
We encourage you to physically prepare for the PAT prior to any attempt and recommend that you consult a physician prior to undertaking any rigorous training program. If you do not believe you are able to pass this test, you should not submit your application until you feel you can meet all of the physical agility requirements.
Once you have passed the physical agility test, you will be scheduled for a polygraph examination. Immediately following the polygraph, you will have a post-polygraph interview. Dress is business or business casual, no jeans. Phase Three will take approximately 4 hours.
An extensive background investigation will be conducted on your personal, family, financial, employment, credit, and residential histories.
During Phase Five, you will be scheduled for a medical and a psychological examination. It is important to report on time to these appointments. If you wear glasses or contacts, please make sure to bring them to your appointment. Please allow 7 hours for the medical examination and 4-5 hours for the psychological exam.
Pending the successful completion of all the previous phases, your file will be reviewed through the chain of command (five levels) and then sent to the Chief of Police for final approval.