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General Police Employment Information
BASE SALARY: $1,604.81 bi-weekly, uniforms furnished – (Non-Certified Officers and TCOLE Certified Officers with LESS than one year prior service as a police officer)

Applicants certified by the State of Texas as a police officer and with MORE than ONE (1) year of continuous service are eligible for a sign-on bonus and will be evaluated as outlined in Local Rules Section 41.01 through 41.10 and placed in the appropriate pay scale.

Upon completion of the required probationary period, police officers receive pre-set step increases based on years of service with the Temple Police Department through YEAR TWENTY (20).

JOB DESCRIPTION: Perform patrol duties in an assigned district to enforce law and order to protect life and property. Respond to calls from dispatch regarding the investigation of all criminal offenses, domestic violence, or other calls for service. Patrol city streets when not on a call; check buildings and homes for burglars and thieves; issue traffic citations; investigate traffic accidents; write police reports detailing facts and information; make physical arrests; recover stolen property; protect and process crime scenes; perform miscellaneous duties; attend briefings and meetings; compile reports and duty logs; communicate with other officers and/or agencies; appear in court and give testimony; attend all required training; and work in PSO as needed.

HOURS OF WORK: As assigned by the Chief of Police, but not in excess of the regular hours worked by the department unless compensated by overtime pay or time off whichever is determined to be in the best interest of the department.

Persons taking the examination must meet these basic requirements to become a Police Officer:
  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be at least 21* years of age at the time the applicant presents himself/herself to TCOLE for the State licensing exam or has not reached his or her forty-fifth (45th) birthday at the time the applicant is certified as eligible for a beginning position (an applicant is certified when the applicant passes the written exam, the work fitness testing);

  1. An applicant, twenty (20) years of age, may be considered for a vacant position if the applicant meets the following criteria:
    • Will turn twenty-one (21) years of age by academy graduation date; and
    • Successfully completes all phases of the selection process; and
    • Has approval of the Chief of Police; or 
  2. If an applicant for an entry level Police Officer position is younger than twenty (20) years of age, but is at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time the written examination is given, the applicant must have:
    • Completed at least sixty (60) semester hours of study at an accredited college of university with an overall “C” average or better for all courses taken;
    • received an honorable discharge from one of the armed forces of the United States after at least two years of active duty service and completed thirty (30) semester hours of study at an accredited college or university with an overall “C” average or better for all courses taken; or
    • Received an Associates degree from an accredited college or university with an overall “C” average or better for all courses taken. 
  3. Must never have been convicted of a FELONY offense. 
  4. Must be of good character and reputation. 
  5. Must be a graduate of an accredited high school; have an equivalency certificate certified by the Texas Education Agency and 12 hours of higher education with at least a 2.0 grade point average; or an honorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States after a minimum of 24 months of active duty. 
  6. Must have a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Texas; 
  7. Must have an honorable discharge (if a veteran) from the appropriate armed service of the United States; 
  8. Must be able to proficiently read, write, and fluently speak the English language; 
  9. Must be of good moral character; 
  10. Must meet all requirements of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education for licensing of Peace Officers.

*An applicant younger than 21 years of age may apply if the applicant is at least 18 years of age and meets the educational qualifications as set forth in Section 23 (viii) of the Rules and Regulations of the Temple Fire Fighters’ and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission or will turn 21 years of age by academy graduation date, successfully completes all phases of the selection process, and obtains the approval of the Chief of Police.

OTHER INFORMATION: Applicants who possess an Honorable Discharge from a branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, and score a PASSING grade on the entrance examination will receive an additional five (5) points on their final grade. To receive the five (5) points you must turn in a DD214 with your registration for the written exam OR present it at the time of the examination.

Applicants who pass the written examination AND who wish to be considered for appointment as a Police Officer are also required to pass:

Work Fitness Tests
Background Investigation
Oral Interview Board
Polygraph Examination
will cover application disclosures, truthfulness, and drug usage
Medical Exam and Drug Screen
(vision, hearing and musculoskeletal exam)
Psychological Test

22.04 Work Fitness Testing. Applicants must pass all of the following:

The agility course is 580 yards from start to finish, and is timed. While performing the activities, the applicant will be evaluated by trained members of the Temple Police Department. The following skills will be used while maneuvering through this course:

  • Running on various terrains (flat, hard, smooth, even, uneven, up hill, and down hill)
  • Pushing objects
  • Pulling objects
  • Climbing over objects
  • Striking a dummy - palm heel and knee strike
  • Memorizing information
  • Identifying subjects
  • Using fine dexterity - shooting (using "simunitions"), handcuffing

The Applicant Physical Agility Course is designed to evaluate the applicant's ability to follow directions, memorize information, and function under stressful conditions. The passing time is 4 minutes and 45 seconds (4.45). Engaging the wrong target during the threat identification shooting portion is an automatic failure.

Course Detail

Applicants will wear a police duty belt with a radio, handcuffs, and an inert training gun inside a holster. The applicant begins by sitting in a vehicle. While in the vehicle, the applicant will be given the clothing description of two suspects and told to begin the exercise. The applicant will exit the vehicle and run down the road. The applicant will repeat the suspect description over the radio as he or she is running. The applicant will turn into the range, push open the gate, and run to the dummy. The applicant will then drag the dummy 20 feet, from one cone to the other. Next, the applicant will run to the designated cones and slalom (weave) through them. Then, the applicant will jump over the 4 foot barrier, run through two concrete cylinders, run down to the designated area, and then run up and over the berm.

Once over the berm, the applicant will deliver three palm heel strikes and two knee strikes to the dummy. Next, the applicant will put on eye and ear protection and run down the sidewalk to the 25 yard line, turn right and go to the middle room of the structure on the sidewalk. The applicant will pick up a pistol loaded with "simunitions", enter the room and locate the two suspect targets given to the applicant at the staging area. The applicant will engage each target with two shots in the torso. The applicant will then place the weapon on the table and leave the room. The applicant will follow the sidewalk taking the designated route to the end of the course. At the end, the applicant will handcuff and double lock the suspect utilizing the method demonstrated to them prior to the test. Time will stop at this point. Passing time is 4.45 minutes.

THE ELIGIBILITY LIST is established following the written test and work fitness testing. The list is valid for One (1) Year unless it is otherwise exhausted.

Applicants who are not TCOLE certified are required to complete a SATISFACTORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD of 18 months before their appointment becomes permanent. TCOLE certified applicants must complete a 12 month satisfactory probationary period.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Applicant must be able to RESPOND to a civil emergency within a FORTY FIVE (45) MINUTE TRAVEL RESPONSE TIME as a condition of employment.

NO TOBACCO USE REQUIREMENT: As a condition of employment, all entry level officers hired after November 18, 1996, shall not use any tobacco products at any time while employed by the City of Temple, both on or off duty. Officers who use tobacco products will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination, for violating this policy. Applicant must agree not to use tobacco products of any kind both on and off duty while an officer with Temple Police Department.

PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT TEST: As a condition of employment, all officers hired after November 18, 1996, must agree to take and pass and annual Physical Fitness test on a date established by the Temple Police Department. The test is similar to the Work Fitness Test described above.

City of Temple Human Resources Department
Municipal Building, Suite 209
2 North Main
Temple, Texas 76501

Any questions about qualifications or requirements may be directed to the City of Temple Human Resources Department at (254) 298-5650 or the Administrative Services Officer for the Temple Police Department at (254) 298-5538.


City of Temple
2 North Main Street
Temple, TX 76501
Phone: (254) 298-5561