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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 Navy?

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 job done.


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 Exam.


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 academy,
the recruit is assigned to a 16 week Field Training Program with a Field Training Officer.

For general information contact:
Carol Holland
Director of Human Resources


For specific questions about the Terrell Police Department:




Hal Richards, Mayor




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Terrell, Texas 75160
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