Q. - I am currently serving active duty
in the U.S. Navy. When my enlistment is up I plan to move back to Texas
and become a police officer. I see that one of the requirements to join
the Terrell police is a certain amount of college hours completed. My
question is, if I am prior military, is that requirement waived as long
as I have my DD form stating that I was Honorably discharged from the
Answer - On behalf of the Citizens of Terrell, thank
you for your service to America.
If you are someone who seeks personal fulfillment through a career
in service, becoming a police officer is a great choice.
Unlike many cities that border the MetroPlex, Terrell is not a bedroom
suburb. We have a large employment base that makes for a community that
bustles throughout the day.
The City Council believes that public safety is our number one responsibility,
so we strongly support our police department and Terrell PD gets the
There is no college requirement to become a police officer with the
Terrell Police Department. Applicants must be 21 years of age and have
a high school diploma or GED. If an applicant is a military veteran,
honorably discharged, the 21 year age requirement can be waived.
Applicants must pass the entrance exam, physical fitness exam, a rigorous
background investigation, as well as Oral Interview Board, before a
conditional job offer will be tendered.
After the conditional job offer, the applicant must pass a psychological,
polygraph and medical examination by a doctor, including a drug screening.
Military veteran applicants get extra points on the Civil Service Entrance
Applicants who are offered employment and are not certified Texas Peace
Officers will be sent to a Basic Police Academy at the department's
expense. During training they receive a salary. After graduation from
the recruit is assigned to a 16 week Field Training Program with a Field
For general information contact:
Director of Human Resources
For specific questions about the Terrell Police Department:
Hal Richards, Mayor