FAQs on Career Opportunities

Q: How long will it take to process my application?

Processing time varies from several weeks to several months. The police department cannot process someone’s application until it is forwarded and received from the Office of Human Resources.

Q: Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to work for the department?

Yes. Where applicable as defined by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), an applicant must be a U.S. citizen. For other positions, to legally work in the U.S., an applicant must also provide the appropriate documentation to Human Resources and/or police department personnel who will check and verify an applicant’s status and information.

Q: Is there a probationary period for new officers?

Probation is six months for all department personnel.

Q: How long does training take at the UT System Police Academy and where is it located?

The UT System Police Academy provides 21 weeks of intensive training. The Academy is in Austin, Texas.

Q: While attending the academy, are there any related expenses?

The department issues most of the uniforms, equipment, and classroom supplies. The cadet is required to purchase some training-related clothing such as sweat pants, shirts, T-shirts, shorts, and running shoes as specified by the academy. Cadets may also be required, depending on housing availability, to bring bedding, laundry supplies, and personal grooming/hygiene-related supplies. Where permitted by applicable policies or procedures, the cadet receives a/diem for certain expenses.

Q: Does the department provide any additional compensation benefits?

Yes:

  • Certification Pay: Intermediate certification - $50/month, Advanced certification - $75/month, Master Certification - $100/month
  • Free Uniform Cleaning
  • Hazardous Duty Pay - $7/month for each year of service (for example, an officer with five years' service would get $7 x 5 years = $35/month)

Q: I already have a TCLEOSE peace officer license and am interested in becoming a UT police officer; does the department hire TCLEOSE-licensed Police Officers?

A: The University of Texas System typically does not hire Police Officers (Lateral Police Officers) who possess an active TCLEOSE license. Only under certain circumstances, as mandated by applicable UT System policy, rules, or regulations, will the UT System Director of Police authorize a component police department to hire Police Officer candidates.

Otherwise, under normal circumstances, if someone wishes to become a police officer with the UT System Police, (regardless if the person already has their TCLEOSE peace officer license), they must successfully complete the Police Cadet position hiring process, attend the UT System Police Academy in Austin, TX and complete the department’s field training program.

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Q: What is the basic hiring process for the Lateral Police Officer position?

A: The basic application process is usually (but NOT necessarily in this order):

  • Applicant applies to the Office of Human Resources (not the Police Department). Human Resources will review applications and forward them to the Department.
  • Initial interview and contact with background investigator personnel. The applicant’s qualifications are reviewed and verified that they appear to meet the position qualifications.
  • Applicant is given several documents to complete, including but is not limited to: personal history statement, pre-polygraph questionnaire, Physician’s Statement of Release, required documents list that must be submitted to the department, etc.
  • Physical agility test date is set up. Applicants must present a completed Physician Statement of Release before they will be allowed to perform the physical agility test.
  • Review of submitted documents.
  • Completion of other required documents at the station.
  • Physical agility test administered and passed.
  • Background check.
  • Psychological testing and interview.
  • Polygraph test.
  • Physical examination.
  • Oral interview board.
  • Any other applicable testing, processing or requirements deemed necessary by the department.

If the applicant successfully completes each phase of the process, the Chief makes a recommendation to HR to extend an offer of employment.

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Q: What is the basic hiring process for the Police Cadet position?

A: The basic application process is usually (but not necessarily in this order) as follows:

  • Make initial application and successfully process with the Office of Human Resources. Applicant’s information must be forwarded from Human Resources to the department
  • Initial interview and contact with background investigator personnel. The applicant’s qualifications are reviewed and verified that they appear to meet the position qualifications
  • Register applicant for the police academy entrance exam
  • Applicant successfully completes the written examination
  • Physical agility test date is announced
  • Applicant is given several documents to complete, including but not limited to: personal history statement, pre-polygraph questionnaire, Physician’s Statement of Release, required documents list that must be submitted to the department, etc
  • Applicant must present a completed Physician Statement of Release before they will be allowed to perform the physical agility test
  • Applicant is administered the physical agility test. Passing the physical agility test is required to process further
  • Review of submitted required documents
  • Completion of other required documents at the station
  • Background checking process
  • Psychological testing and interview
  • Polygraph test
  • Physical examination
  • Oral interview board
  • Any other applicable testing, processing or requirements deemed by the department as necessary

If the applicant successfully completes each phase of the process, the Chief makes a recommendation to HR personnel to extend the applicant an offer of employment.

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Q: What is the basic hiring process for the Police Guard position?

A: The basic application process is usually (but not necessarily in this order):

  • Make initial application and successfully process with the UT Southwestern Office of Human Resources. Applicant’s information must be forwarded from Human Resources to the department
  • Initial interview and contact with background investigator personnel. The applicant’s qualifications are reviewed and verified that they appear to meet the position qualifications
  • Applicant is given several documents, such as the Personal History Statement, to complete & return within a specified period of time
  • Applicant is required to submit several documents to the department including, but not limited to: birth certificate, DD-214 (if prior military service), GED or high school diploma, college transcripts, marriage license, divorce decree, or any other applicable documents
  • Background checking process
  • Oral interview board
  • Any other applicable testing, processing or requirements deemed by the department as necessary

If the applicant successfully completes each phase of the process, the Chief makes a recommendation to HR personnel to extend the applicant an offer of employment.

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