LATERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
No lateral classes are planned at this time. Lateral officers can attend regular academy classes and receive base pay based on prior police service after graduation from the academy.
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 48 hours of college credit with at least a 2.0 grade point average.
- Three 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 are not required to obtain a TCOLE license prior to the academy. However, if a Lateral Academy is being offered, they 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).
Our regular academy class is six months long.
While in the Academy, receive $1,615.38 bi-weekly.
Upon graduation from the Academy, receive:
One year of prior police service, $2,066.20 plus $2 lateral longevity bi-weekly:
Two years of prior police service, $2,278.27 plus $4 lateral longevity bi-weekly;
Three years of prior police service, $2,335.20 plus $6 lateral longevity bi-weekly;
Four years of prior police service, $2,335.20 plus $8 lateral longevity bi-weekly;
Five years of prior police service, $2,412.82 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.