Requirements To Become a Police Officer in Texas

To become a police officer in Texas for even the smallest jurisdiction candidates must hold a Peace Officer License or be eligible for a license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCLEOSE), a state agency.

To be eligible for that license, candidates must meet minimum requirements, complete a full-time Basic Peace Officer Certification course and then pass the basic peace officer licensing exam that is given at TCLEOSE headquarters in Austin, as well as other authorized testing centers elsewhere in the state. The actual licensing takes place only after a police agency sends a completed license application to the commission.

There are dozens of commission-licensed law enforcement academies throughout the state that candidates may attend to complete the Basic Peace Officer Certification course. A complete list of these can be found on the TCLEOSE web side at http://www.tcleose.state.tx.us. In order to enroll in one of these academies, candidates must meet minimum requirements for training. Academies have the right to establish additional requirements of standards.

Minimum Requirements for Law Enforcement Training in Texas

To be eligible for law enforcement training in Texas, candidates must:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen, never convicted of any family violence offense and not prohibited from driving a motor vehicle or carrying a firearm;
  2. Not currently be charged with a criminal offense which, if convicted, would bar being licensed, never have been on court-ordered community supervision or probation for a Class B misdemeanor or above within the last 10 years from the date of the court order, and never have been convicted of a Class B misdemeanor or above within the last 10 years;
  3. Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate or an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States with at least 24 months of active duty service;
  4. Be physically fit to perform all the duties of a peace officer, declared in writing by a medical professional, show no evidence of drug use or dependency after a physical examination, blood test or other medical test; and declared in writing by a medical professional to be in satisfactory psychological or emotional health.

Requirements to be Licensed as a Peace Officer in Texas

 To be licensed as a Peace Officer in Texas, a candidate must be at 21 year old or 18 with an Associate Degree from an accredited college or university, or honorably discharged from the U.S. military with at least 24 months of service. No individual who has been discharged from the military under less than honorable conditions may be licensed. Other requirements include but are not limited to:

  1. Never having a commission license denied or under suspension or voluntarily suspended;
  2. Meeting minimum education training requirements and passing the licensing examination;
  3. Passing a criminal background check to verify the candidate is has not been convicted of a Class B misdemeanor or above and
  4. Passing physical and drug testing as attested to by a medical professional in writing.

The complete list of requirements and details can be found on the TCLEO web site.

Other important steps required to become a police officer in Texas:

  • You Must Pass The Physical Fitness Test
  • You Must Pass The Polygraph Test
  • You Must Pass The Oral Board Interview
  • You Must Pass The Psychological Evaluation Exam
  • You Must Pass The Field Training Program

Here’s a complete list of all law enforcement agencies in the state of Texas. Visit the official website of the agency you are interested in to apply.

  • Anderson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Andrews County Sheriff’s Office
  • Angelina County Sheriff’s Office
  • Angelina County Constable Precinct 1[1]
  • Aransas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Archer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Armstrong County Sheriff’s Office
  • Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Austin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bailey County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bandera County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office
  • Baylor County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bexar County Constable Precinct 3[2]
  • Blanco County Sheriff’s Office
  • Borden County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bosque County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bowie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brazos County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brewster County Sheriff’s Office
  • Briscoe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brooks County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brown County Sheriff’s Office
  • Burleson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Burnet County Sheriff’s Office
  • Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office
  • Callahan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cameron County Sheriff’s Office
  • Camp County Sheriff’s Office
  • Carson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cass County Sheriff’s Office
  • Castro County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chambers County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Childress County Sheriff’s Office
  • Clay County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cochran County Sheriff’s Office
  • Coke County Sheriff’s Office
  • Coleman County Sheriff’s Office
  • Collin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Collin County Constable’s Office
  • Collingsworth County Sheriff’s Office
  • Colorado County Sheriff’s Office
  • Comal County Sheriff’s Office
  • Comanche County Sheriff’s Office
  • Concho County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cooke County Sheriff’s Office
  • Coryell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cottle County Sheriff’s Office
  • Crane County Sheriff’s Office
  • Crockett County Sheriff’s Office
  • Crosby County Sheriff’s Office
  • Culberson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dallam County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dallas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dallas County Constable’s Office
  • Dawson County Sheriff’s Office
  • De Witt County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deaf Smith County Sheriff’s Office
  • Delta County Sheriff’s Office
  • Denton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dickens County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office
  • Donley County Sheriff’s Office
  • Duval County Sheriff’s Office
  • Eastland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ector County Sheriff’s Office
  • Edwards County Sheriff’s Office
  • El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ellis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Erath County Sheriff’s Office
  • Falls County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fannin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fisher County Sheriff’s Office
  • Floyd County Sheriff’s Office
  • Foard County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Freestone County Sheriff’s Office
  • Frio County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gaines County Sheriff’s Office
  • Galveston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Garza County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Glasscock County Sheriff’s Office
  • Goliad County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gray County Sheriff’s Office
  • Grayson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gregg County Sheriff’s Office
  • Grimes County Sheriff’s Office
  • Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hale County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hall County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hansford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hardin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Harris County Sheriff’s Office
  • Harris County Constable Precinct 1
  • Harris County Constable Precinct 2
  • Harris County Constable Precinct 3
  • Harris County Constable Precinct 4
  • Harris County Constable Precinct 5
  • Harris County Constable Precinct 6
  • Harris County Constable Precinct 7
  • Harris County Constable Precinct 8
  • Harrison County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hartley County Sheriff’s Office
  • Haskell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hays County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office
  • Henderson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hill County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hockley County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hood County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office
  • Houston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Howard County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hunt County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Irion County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jack County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jasper County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office
  • Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jones County Sheriff’s Office
  • Karnes County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kaufman County Constable Precinct 1
  • Kaufman County Constable Precinct 2
  • Kaufman County Constable Precinct 3
  • Kaufman County Constable Precinct 4
  • Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kendall County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kent County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kerr County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kimble County Sheriff’s Office
  • King County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kinney County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office
  • Knox County Sheriff’s Office
  • La Salle County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lamar County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lamb County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lavaca County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Leon County Sheriff’s Office
  • Liberty County Sheriff’s Office
  • Limestone County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lipscomb County Sheriff’s Office
  • Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office
  • Llano County Sheriff’s Office
  • Loving County Sheriff’s Department
  • Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lubbock Constables
  • Lynn County Sheriff’s Office
  • Madison County Sheriff’s Office
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • Martin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mason County Sheriff’s Office
  • Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department
  • Matagorda Constables Office
  • Maverick County Sheriff’s Office
  • McCulloch County Sheriff’s Office
  • McLennan County Sheriff’s Office
  • McMullen County Sheriff’s Office
  • Medina County Sheriff’s Office
  • Menard County Sheriff’s Office
  • Midland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Milam County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mills County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Montague County Sheriff’s Office
  • Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department
  • Moore County Sheriff’s Office
  • Morris County Sheriff’s Office
  • Motley County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office
  • Navarro County Sheriff’s Office
  • Newton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nolan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nueces County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ochiltree County Sheriff’s Office
  • Oldham County Sheriff’s Office
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office
  • Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office
  • Panola County Sheriff’s Office
  • Parker County Sheriff’s Office
  • Parmer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Pecos County Sheriff’s Office
  • Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • Potter County Sheriff’s Office
  • Presidio County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rains County Sheriff’s Office
  • Randall County Sheriff’s Office
  • Reagan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Real County Sheriff’s Office
  • Red River County Sheriff’s Office
  • Reeves County Sheriff’s Office
  • Refugio County Sheriff’s Office
  • Roberts County Sheriff’s Office
  • Robertson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office
  • Runnels County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rusk County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sabine County Sheriff’s Office
  • San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office
  • San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office
  • San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office
  • San Saba County Sheriff’s Office
  • Schleicher County Sheriff’s Office
  • Scurry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Shackelford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sherman County Sheriff’s Office
  • Smith County Sheriff’s Office
  • Somervell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Starr County Sheriff’s Office
  • Stephens County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sterling County Sheriff’s Office
  • Stonewall County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sutton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Swisher County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office
  • Taylor County Sheriff’s Office
  • Terrell County Sheriff’s Office
  • Terry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Throckmorton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Titus County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office
  • Travis County Sheriff’s Department
  • Trinity County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tyler County Sheriff’s Office
  • Upshur County Sheriff’s Office
  • Upton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office
  • Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office
  • Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office
  • Victoria County Sheriff’s Office
  • Walker County Sheriff’s Office
  • Waller County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ward County Sheriff’s Office
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office
  • Webb County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wharton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wichita County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office
  • Willacy County Sheriff’s Office
  • Williamson County Sheriff’s Office[3]
  • Williamson County Constable Precinct 1[4]
  • Williamson County Constable Precinct 2[5]
  • Williamson County Constable Precinct 3[6]
  • Williamson County Constable Precinct 4[7]
  • Wilson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Winkler County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wise County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wood County Sheriff’s Office
  • Yoakum County Sheriff’s Office
  • Young County Sheriff’s Office
  • Zapata County Sheriff’s Office
  • Zavala County Sheriff’s Office
  • Abernathy Police Department
  • Abilene Police Department
  • Addison Police Department
  • Alamo Police Department
  • Alamo Heights Police Department
  • Albany Police Department
  • Alice Police Department
  • Allen Police Department
  • Alpine Police Department
  • Alto Police Department
  • Alton Police Department
  • Alvarado Police Department
  • Alvin Police Department
  • Amarillo Police Department
  • Andrews Police Department
  • Angleton Police Department
  • Anson Police Department
  • Anthony Police Department
  • Aransas Pass Police Department
  • Arcola Police Department
  • Arlington Police Department
  • Athens Police Department
  • Atlanta Police Department
  • Aubrey Police Department
  • Austin Police Department
  • Azle Police Department
  • Balch Springs Police Department
  • Balcones Heights Police Department
  • Ballinger Police Department
  • Bandera Police Department
  • Bangs Police Department
  • Bardwell Police Department
  • Bartlett Police Department
  • Bastrop Police Department
  • Bay City Police Department
  • Bayou Vista Police Department
  • Baytown Police Department
  • Beaumont Police Department
  • Bedford Police Department
  • Bellaire Police Department
  • Bellmead Police Department
  • Bellville Police Department
  • Belton Police Department
  • Benbrook Police Department
  • Bertram Police Department
  • Beverly Hills Police Department
  • Big Sandy Police Department
  • Big Spring Police Department
  • Bishop Police Department
  • Bluemound Police Department
  • Boerne Police Department
  • Bonham Police Department
  • Borger Police Department
  • Bovina Police Department
  • Bowie Police Department
  • Brady Police Department
  • Brazoria Police Department
  • Breckenridge Police Department
  • Bremond Police Department
  • Brenham Police Department
  • Briaroaks Police Department
  • Bridge City Police Department
  • Bridgeport Police Department
  • Brookshire Police Department
  • Brownfield Police Department
  • Brownsboro Police Department
  • Brownsville Police Department
  • Brownwood Police Department
  • Bryan Police Department
  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Bulverde Police Department
  • Burkburnett Police Department
  • Burleson Police Department
  • Burnet Police Department
  • Cactus Police Department
  • Caddo Mills Police Department
  • Caldwell Police Department
  • Calvert Police Department
  • Cameron Police Department
  • Camp Wood Police Department
  • Caney City Police Department
  • Canton Police Department
  • Canyon Police Department
  • Carrollton Police Department
  • Carthage Police Department
  • Castle Hills Police Department
  • Castroville Police Department
  • Cedar Hill Police Department
  • Cedar Park Police Department
  • Celeste Police Department
  • Celina Police Department
  • Center Police Department
  • Chandler Police Department
  • Childress Police Department
  • Chillicothe Police Department
  • Cibolo Police Department
  • Cisco Police Department
  • Clarksville Police Department
  • Cleburne Police Department
  • Cleveland Police Department
  • Clifton Police Department
  • Clint Police Department
  • Clute Police Department
  • Clyde Police Department
  • Cockrell Hill Police Department
  • Coleman Police Department
  • College Station Police Department
  • Colleyville Police Department
  • Colorado City Police Department
  • Columbus Police Department
  • Comanche Police Department
  • Combine Police Department
  • Commerce Police Department
  • Como Police Department
  • Conroe Police Department
  • Converse Police Department
  • Coppell Police Department
  • Copperas Cove Police Department
  • Corinth Police Department
  • Corpus Christi Police Department
  • Corrigan Police Department
  • Corsicana Police Department
  • Crandall Police Department
  • Crane Police Department
  • Crockett Police Department
  • Crosbyton Police Department
  • Cross Plains Police Department
  • Crowley Police Department
  • Crystal City Police Department
  • Cuero Police Department
  • Dallas City Marshal’s Office
  • Dallas Police Department
  • El Paso Police Department
  • Eustace Police Department
  • Fort Worth Police Department
  • Frisco Police Department
  • Grapevine Police Department
  • Gun Barrel City Police Department
  • [Harker Heights Police Department[Haltom City Police Department (Texas)|Haltom City Police Department]]
  • Hedwig Village Police Department
  • Helotes Police Department
  • Hondo Police Department
  • Houston Arson Bureau
  • Houston City Marshal’s Office
  • Houston Police Department
  • Huntsville Police Department
  • Irving Police Department
  • Jasper Police Department
  • Jefferson Police Department
  • Jersey Village Police Department
  • Johnson City Police Department
  • Kaufman Police Department
  • Kemah Police Department
  • [[Kemp Police Department (Texas) |Kemp Police Department]Killeen Police Department]
  • La Porte Police Department
  • Lewisville Police Department
  • Live Oak Police Department
  • Log Cabin Police Department
  • Longview Police Department
  • Lubbock Police Department
  • Lufkin Police Department
  • Mabank Police Department
  • Manvel Police Department
  • McKinney Police Department
  • Mesquite Police Department
  • Memorial Villages Police Department
  • Nassau Bay Police Department
  • New Braunfels Police Department
  • North Richland Hills Police Department
  • Ovilla Police Department
  • Palestine Police Department
  • Pampa Police Department
  • Paris City Police Department
  • Pasadena Police Department
  • Plano Police Department
  • Portland Police Department
  • Richardson Police Department
  • Richland Hills Police Department
  • Saginaw Police Department
  • San Angelo Police Department
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • San Marcos Police Department
  • Santa Fe Police Department
  • Schertz Police Department
  • Seagoville Police Department
  • Selma Police Department
  • Seven Points Police Department
  • Shamrock Police Department
  • Southlake Department of Public Safety
  • Spring Valley Police Department
  • Sugar Land Police Department
  • Terrell Police Department
  • Tyler Police Department
  • Universal City Police Department
  • Webster Police Department
  • Wills Point Police Department
  • Wylie Police Department
  • Alamo Colleges Police Department
  • Amarillo College Police Department
  • Angelo State University Police Department
  • Austin Community College Police Department
  • Baylor University Police Department
  • Baylor Health Care System Police Department
  • Blinn College Police & Security Department
  • Central Texas College Police Department
  • College of the Mainland Police Department
  • Collin College Police Department
  • Houston Community College System Police Department
  • Lamar University Police
  • Laredo Community College Police Department
  • Lone Star College System Police Department
  • McLennan Community College Police Department
  • Prairie View A&M University Police
  • Rice University Police
  • Sam Houston State University Police Department
  • San Jacinto College District Police
  • Southern Methodist University Police
  • Stephen F. Austin State University Police Department
  • Texas A&M University Police Department
  • Texas Christian University Police Department
  • Texas State University–San Marcos Police Department
  • Texas Tech University Police Department
  • Trinity Valley Community College Campus Police
  • University of Houston Police Department
  • University of Houston–Clear Lake Police Department
  • University of Houston–Downtown Police Department
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center Police Department
  • University of North Texas Police
  • University of Texas at Arlington Police Department
  • University of Texas at Austin Police Department
  • University of Texas at Brownsville Police Department
  • University of Texas at Dallas Police Department
  • University of Texas at El Paso Police Department
  • University of Texas at Houston Police Department
  • University of Texas at Pan American Police Department
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin Police Department
  • University of Texas at Tyler Police Department
  • University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Police Department
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Police Department
  • Aldine Independent School District Police
  • Aledo Independent School District Police
  • Alief Independent School District Police
  • Alvin Independent School District Police
  • Austin Independent School District Police
  • Beaumont Independent School District Police
  • Brownsboro Independent School District Police
  • Cedar Hill Independent School District Police
  • Conroe Independent School District Police
  • Dallas Independent School District Police
  • El Paso Independent School District Police
  • Fort Bend Independent School District Police
  • Galveston Independent School District Police
  • Granger Independent School District Police
  • Houston Independent School District Police
  • Humble Independent School District Police
  • Jefferson Independent School District Police
  • Katy Independent School District Police
  • Kaufman Independent School District Police
  • Kemp Independent School District Police
  • La Marque Independent School District Police
  • Lancaster Independent School District Police
  • Laredo Independent School District Police
  • Lexington Independent School District Police
  • Lubbock Independent School District Police
  • Mabank Independent School District Police
  • Mansfield Independent School District Police
  • Marlin Independent School District Police
  • Northside Independent School District Police
  • Pasadena Independent School District Police
  • Pflugerville Independent School District Police
  • Santa Fe Independent School District Police
  • Spring Branch Independent School District Police
  • Spring Independent School District Police
  • United Independent School District Police
  • Vidor Independent School District Police