Interested applicants to the Dallas Police Department begin their journey by completing an online civil application in the city of Dallas website, after which they’ll have to print and deliver it in person or by mail along with the required documents to the  City of Dallas Civil Service Office located at the Dallas City Hall 1500 Marilla Street Room 1-C South Dallas, Texas 75201. A civil service representative will then review the application then will schedule a civil service test to the individuals who qualify.

This is phase one of the application which is done in a 4-day period from Thursday to Sunday. Before submitting an application make sure you are qualified and send in the right documents which will be discussed in this post…

Minimum Qualifications to Become a Police Officer in Dallas

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • At least 19 and a half years old if you have completed at least 60 hours from an accredited college or university or…
  • be between 21 – 44 years of age if you have completed at least 45 hours from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum G.P.A. score of 2.0
  • College credit requirements are waived if the applicant has completed at least 3 years of active military duty with an honorable discharge

Potential Dis-qualifiers

  • A felony or misdemeanor conviction
  • Pending traffic citations or cases
  • Three or more hazardous traffic violation convictions within the last 24 months

Vision Requirements

  • Visual acuity cannot be lower than 20/100 and must be corrected to 20/20
Require documents that applicants must send in their civil service application:
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Social security card
  • Original or certified copy of applicant’s birth certificate
  • Two official college transcripts
  • High school transcripts or GED
  • Marriage license (if applicable)
  • Divorce decree (if applicable)
  • DD-214 (if applicable)
  • City of Dallas employment application
  • Personal history statement

Here’s a quick look at the subsequent steps to become a police officer in Dallas… 

Step 1

Applicants will go through a preliminary interview were they’ll be asked about their driving history, criminal records (if any) and if they’ve used any illegal drugs or substances. Other topics such as the application process, time requirements for training and other related subjects will be discussed.

Step 2

Interview with the oral board consisting of officers and supervisors by which applicants will be asked about a number of topics related and not related to law enforcement.

Step 3

Polygraph test will be done to verify the accuracy of the information entered by the candidate in their application.

Step 4

A comprehensive background investigation will check your history that includes criminal, driving and employment records. The people listed in your references will be contacted as well. During this stage, applicants will have to submit their personal history statement as provided by the department.

Step 5

A written and oral psychological exam.

Step 6

A thorough medical exam that includes a physical exam and urinalysis.

Step 7

Physical fitness test that includes the following events:

  • Vertical jump
  • Bench press
  • Illinois shuttle run
  • Sit ups
  • 300 meter run
  • Push ups
  • 1.5 mile run

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For more information on becoming a police officer in Dallas, visit the Dallas Police Department website or call (214) 671-4409 or (800) 527-2948.

Click here to check out the various police officer jobs in Dallas.

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