Police Officer Qualifications
Applicants shall have at least a Bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) from a college or university accredited by the United States Department of Education or Council for Higher Education by the time of their hire date with the Police Department,
Be eligible for certification from TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement). (Please refer to Texas Administrative Code Title 37 Chapter 217.1 for clarification.) AND
- possess at least thirty (30) college semester hours and at least three (3) years of experience as a regular full-time peace officer with arrest powers for a city, county, state or federal law enforcement agency during the period immediately preceding the submission date of their application;
- possess at least thirty (30) college semester hours and at least three (3) years of active duty military experience in accordance with the definition of Military Service Credit listed in Section 2.1 (e)
- possess at least thirty (30) college semester hours and at least three (3) years of experience in a Grand Prairie Police Department non-civil service position
- possess at least thirty (30) college semester hours AND any combination of experience totaling at least three (3) years in a Grand Prairie Police Department non-civil service position, or regular full-time peace officer position with arrest powers for a city, county, state or federal law enforcement agency, or active duty military experience in accordance with the definition of Military Service Credit listed in Section 2.1 (e).
- Age Limit
Must be between the ages of 21 and 44. A person 45 years of age or older is not eligible for a beginning position as a police officer.
- Physical Condition
Must meet the following physical fitness standards:
- 1.5-mile run in 15:20
- 300-meter run within 70 seconds
- 20 push-ups within 90 seconds
- 30 sit-ups within 90 seconds
Must be U.S. Citizen.
- Driver’s License
Applicants must possess a valid Texas driver’s license and have no more than two events (moving violations or accidents) in the 24 months preceding the date of application. Out of state applicants may apply, but must obtain a Texas driver’s license upon employment with the city.
Applicants will undergo a background investigation. Applicants with felony convictions will not be considered for employment; applicants cannot be on probation for any offense on the date of the civil service test; no DWI/DUI convictions within the last 120 months/10 years; and no applicant may be certified as eligible for appointment to the position of police officer whose drug usage does not comply with those standards set by the City of Grand Prairie Civil Service Commission.
All applicants must provide the following documentation at time of application:
- Birth Certificate (original or certified copy);
- Form DD-214 - Applicants with military service will have 5 points added to their passing raw test score provided they submit a DD-214 reflecting an honorable discharge.
Applicants have 10 days after the Civil Service Exam to complete the background packet (Personal History Statement).
The Grand Prairie Police Department offers a Lateral Entry Program for experienced Police officers.
Lateral Entry Program Details:
- A lateral police officer is eligible for a starting salary based on size of department and years of service.
- Lateral officers must successfully complete each step in the Civil Service hiring process in the same manner as any other applicant. Lateral police officers who are TCOLE certified will be eligible for an abbreviated training program. This consists of eight weeks of updates on policies and procedures.
- A lateral entry applicant must have at least three years continuous service as a paid, full-time certified peace officer with a comparable law enforcement agency, including out-of-state agencies, as approved by the Chief of Police.
- The lateral applicant must have been in a position where they had the authority to enforce laws, investigate crimes, make arrests, respond to calls for service, carry a firearm, and use discretion as part of their assigned duties.
- A lateral entry applicant shall not have more than a three-year break in service from the time they left a comparable law enforcement agency and the time they made application with the Grand Prairie Police Department.
- The probationary period for lateral officers shall be 12 months, except that it shall be 18 months if they are required to attend the Basic Police Academy.